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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Havelock Ellis
On:
18 October 1900

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Henry Havelock Ellis [none given] on 18 October 1900.

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28 March 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline

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LETTER (WCP5218.5744)

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Manuscript and Archives, Yale University Library
Finding number:
Havelock Ellis Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. MS. 195, Box 1.
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Oct[obe]r. 18th. 1900

Havelock Ellis Esq.1

Dear Sir

Thanks for sending me your little book -- The Nineteenth Century.2 I have read it through with much pleasure, and I agree with almost all of it.

It is a terrific condemnation of our false civilisation, and I am glad to find that you think so nearly as I do. There are many things in it however which are exaggerated & unfair -- as when to talk of our "love of dirt," -- ref "revelling in filth" -- [[2]] & things of that sort, -- but I suppose you would say that these were the natural errors of a student in a distant age.

I think the book would have been more attractive if you had broken it up into chapters or dialogues, & introduced a third speaker occasionally, in the manner of Sir Arthur Helps'3 admirable Friends in Council.4 Even so small a book with no break whatever from the first page [[3]] to the last is apt to be a little wearisome & confusing.

I should much like the book to leave a large sale & help to open people's eyes a little to our numerous imperfections.

Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

ENDNOTES

1. Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), English physician, writer, and social reformer.

2. HH Ellis, 1900, The Nineteenth Century.

3. Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875), English writer.

4. A Helps, Friends in Council (First Series published in 1847).

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