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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to unknown correspondent [address not recorded] on  ?1909.

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11 March 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


Letter in support of women's suffrage.

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Anon. (1909). Dr. A. R. Wallace and woman suffrage. The Times (London): 10. [p. 10]

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[[1]]1 [p. 10]

At a meeting in support of woman suffrage at Godalming last night, at which Sir William Chance presided, a letter was read from Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M.

Dr. Wallace wrote:-- "As long as I have thought or written at all on politics, I have been in favour of woman suffrage. None of the arguments for or against have any weight with me, except the broad one, which may be thus stated:-- All the human inhabitants of any one country should have equal rights and liberties before the law; women are human beings; therefore they should have votes as well as men. It matters not to me whether ten millions or only ten claim it--the right and the liberty should exist, even if they do not use it. The term 'Liberal' does not apply to those who refuse this natural and indefeasible right. Fiat justitia, ruat coelum."

A letter was also read from Mrs. G. F. Watts expressing her sympathy with the movement, and stating that if a branch were formed she would be glad to become a member.


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A short article printed on page 10 of The Times (London) issue of 11 February 1909, containing a letter from Wallace read at a political event.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith’s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S671.htm

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