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Record number: WCP5040

Sent by:
Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
2 May 1898

Sent by Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on 2 May 1898.

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13 February 2013 by Szentgyorgyi, Katherine


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LETTER (WCP5040.5514)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
University of Reading Special Collections
Finding number:
MS3280 Letter Book 30 - 1st July 1897 to 11th July 1898 p. 767
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Literary Estate.

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2 -- 5. [189]81

Alfred Rusell [sic] Wallace Esq.

Dear Sir,

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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