A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Lester, Ahren
Transcription date: June 5, 2013
Signed off: no
Septr. 26th. 1897
My dear Mr. Salt1,
I am very glad to hear that you are going to publish a pamphlet on the Game Laws.2 I fear however that I cannot undertake the responsibility of writing a Preface. I find I can now do very little writing having so much correspondence & other matters to attend to, and I have a book on hand which I particularly want to get on with.3 If the [] paper is well written it is sure to attract attention, but it will want a good deal of "pegging away" before we shall get rid of those abominable engines of oppression & selfishness.
Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Henry Stephens Salt (1851-1939). English writer and social reform campaigner. Salt was an ethical vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist, socialist and pacifist. He was also well known as a classical scholar and naturalist. He is credited as being the first to advocate animal rights in his Animals’ Rights: Considered in Relation to Social Progress (1894). He also wrote an acclaimed biography of the life of Henry David Thoreau (1890).
2. Game Act 1831. This restricted certain game birds from being hunted other than in certain seasons and with strict licenses.
3. Alfred Russel Wallace, The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Failures (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1898).
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