A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
A carbon copy
Total Pages : 1
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: Rodwell, Stephen
Transcription date: August 8, 2014
Signed off: no
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Alfred Rusell [sic] Wallace Esq.
Dr Kirchner[?]2 of Coburg, writes us, as enclosed letter, re a German translation of your Vaccination3. As you have reserved the rights of translation of this book, & your Wonderful Century4, we think you will care to reciprocate the translations yourself; but if you would wish us to do it, please let us know what sum you would ask.
Yours very truly | Swan Sonnenschein [illeg.]5 [signature]
1. The set of letters with the WCP numbers WCP5041 to WCP5046 and WCP5048 were most likely written in 1898, as this is the year that The Wonderful Century and Vaccination were both published by Swan, Sonnenschein & Co.
2. Sources suggest that the text could refer to one Dr. Kirchner of the Imperial Health Office in Germany, who opposed vaccination as Wallace did. No additional information has been found on Dr. Kirchner, nor the German translation of either of Wallace's books.
Duluth Evening Herald. (1914). Against compulsory vaccination. http://www.mocavo.com/Duluth-Evening-Herald-May-1914-Volume-May-22-1914/200891/39 [08/08/2014]
Chanute Daily Tribune. (1914). Many Germans opposed to vaccination. http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/58270206/ [08/08/2014]
3. Vaccination a Delusion; Its Penal Enforcement a Crime. Pamphlet written by Alfred Russel Wallace, published in 1898 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
4. The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Its Failures. Book written by Alfred Russel Wallace, published in 1898 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
5. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. British publishing company founded by William Swan Sonnenschein in 1882. It is unclear whether William personally wrote this letter.
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