A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Linden, Tess
Transcription date: August 20, 2013
Scrutiny: 20/08/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Oct[obe]r. 18th. 1900
Havelock Ellis Esq.1
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" -- [] & 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 [] 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]
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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