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Record number: WCP3748

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
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Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [address not recorded] to ?[addressee not recorded] [address not recorded] on  .

Record created:
23 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3748.3656)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English.

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Royal Entomological Society
Finding number:
RES 32/24
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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I send on other side an extract from Dr. Cleghorn's official note in the Blue Book on Plague in India, which you can compare with Dr. Thorne Thorne’s.

As to your query about "intemperance" as a cause of poverty crime, insanity, &c. I do not admit it. It is a result of the same conditions that bring about starvation, crime, & insanity. A century ago, intemperance was far more common among the Upper classes than now; but I never heard it suggested that insanity & crime were then more prevalent in those classes than now, but rather the reverse.

All those who know the poor most thoroughly agree in this view.

A.R.W. [signature]

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