Wallace Letters Online

Share this:

Record number: WCP5209

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Young
14 June 1884

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to William Young [none given] on 14 June 1884.

Record created:
14 March 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


No summary available at this time.

Record contains:

  • letter (1)

View item:

LETTER (WCP5209.5729)

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

Held by:
Wellcome Trust
Finding number:
MS. 7798/4
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

Physical description

Transcription information




Frith Hill, Godalming

June 14th 1884

Dear Sir

I informed Mr. Tebb1 when sending him my paper that the reason I did not wish to put my name to my little paper on the Vaccination question2 was, that the facts, which are the essence of it, were taken from others at second hand & that I have no means of verifying them without an amount of labour & loss of time which I cannot give I merely thought that the striking facts given by many of your best writers were too much overlaid with collateral matter & argumentative discussion & that thousands of busy men w[oul]d. not give the time & attention necessary [[2]] to read & understand them. I thought that a brief & condensed statement of the essential facts which demonstrate the weaknesses of vaccination & its horrible risks, might be more widely read, & startle many into further enquiry. I believe my paper will do this without my name,-- but, I am quite willing to put my name to it if you will first enable me to verify the facts & figures from the original authorities. No doubt you have these in your possession & if you will look them out, mark the pages, & have them in order so that in an hour at your office I can [[3]] myself verify the figures & statistics, I will then agree to put my name to the paper if the Society wish to publish it. Some later Army & Navy Medical statistics are also needed which Mr. Tebb said he w[oul]d. try to get.

Believe me | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Mr. Young Esq.3


1. William Tebb (1830-1917). Businessman, Social reformer and leading Anti-vaccinationist. He co-founded the London Society for the Abolition of Compulsory Vaccination in 1880 serving as its Chairman until 1896 when it was dissolved to form the National Anti-Vaccination League. He served as the NAVL President. He was also interested in spiritualism and theosophy. In 1881 he published Sanitation not Vaccination.

2. Alfred Russel Wallace, The Army and Navy: a demonstration of the uselessness of Vaccination.

3. William Young (-). Anti-vaccinationist and chemist. He published (along with Garth Wilkinson) Vaccination Tracts (1879). This was composed of 14 tracts which formed the basis of many of the anti-vaccinationists thinking in regards this topic.

Please note that work on this transcript is not yet complete. Users are advised to study electronic image(s) of this document, if available.