A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: September 10, 2013
Scrutiny: 10/09/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
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, [] 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 [] 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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