A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Lester, Ahren
Transcription date: June 5, 2013
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Jany. 11th. 1898
H. S. Salt Esq1
I was exceedingly pleased to receive the tract on the Game Laws by Mr Connell.2 It is excellently done and the preface by R. Buchanan3 is splendid. I hope now that you will be able to find some M.P. who will move an annual resolution for the Abolition of the Game Laws, as this tract will furnish all the necessary material for speeches for a good many years. Of course it will at first be a forlorn hope [] but it will keep the subject before the public, which is much needed, and few people seem to be aware of the wide spread evils of these abominable anachronisms.
Such a motion would serve as a very good test of true liberalism or radicalism, and no candidate for parliament should be voted for who will not promise to support total repeal.
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. J. Connell, The Truth about the Game Laws: a record of cruelty, selfishness, and oppression (London: William Reeves, 1898)
3. Richard Williams Buchanan (1841-1901). British poet, novelist and dramatist. He was the son of the Owenite lecturer and journalist, Robert Buchanan (1813-1866).
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