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Record number: WCP5383

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Allingham
29 December 1883

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to William Allingham [none given] on 29 December 1883.

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18 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5383.6093)

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

Held by:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finding number:
William Allingham Collection: Box 2, Folder 299
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Frith Hill, Godalming.

Dec[embe]r. 29th. 1883

My dear Sir1

Many thanks for your interesting & suggestive poem on Ireland. I have read it through with much pleasure. I see you fully recognise the horrible iniquity of Agent’s rule and the cruel despotism it imposes on inhabitants of a country called "free"! For the time when it was written [word illeg. crossed out] your work was no doubt too advanced; now however the times have changed, [[2]] patchwork remedies have failed, & it is seen that in all our great cities, & in the Highlands, as well as in Ireland, the land-question is at the root of all the wretchedness & famine which are perennial in this wealthy land.

I enclose you the Rules & Programme of our "Land Nationalisation Society --" which I trust you will help with your name [[3]] and a small subscription.

With the Comp[liment]s. of the season to yourself and Mrs. Allingham2.

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


1. Wallace is addressing William Allingham (1824-1889). Irish poet, diarist and editor.

2. Helen Allingham (1848-1926). English watercolour painter and illustrator.

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