Sent by H. Kidner, Bournemouth, Dorset to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 8 January 1913.
Congratulating him on reaching his 90th birthday; referring to Lloyd George's Land Policy and asking for Alfred Russel Wallace's autograph to place inside his copy of Alfred Russel Wallace's "Darwinism".
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: October 7, 2014
Scrutiny: 07/10/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
194 Shelbourne Road2
Jan[uary]. 8th 1913.
My respectful &+ hearty congratulations on your 90th birthday. Wonderful; may you see many more.
If the "Daily Citizen"3 is correct, the Landowners in the Liberal Party are making a dead set against Mr. Lloyd George's4 land policy; &+ there may be a "Liberal Split."
I hope you will complete the volume on which you are engaged.5
May I on enclosed P[ost].C[ard]. have your autograph to be attached inside your "Darwinism"6 which I sdo much value?
Yours faithfully | H. Kidner [FJ.G.S]7 [signature]
Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace.
1. Annotated on the upper left of the page "Ackd."
2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/71]".
3. The Daily Citizen was a labour-leaning, union-backed newspaper produced 1912-1914.
4. George, David Lloyd- (1863 -1945) British Liberal politician. Chancellor of the Exchequer 1908 - 1915; Prime Minister 1916 - 1922.
5. Probably either Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1913). Social Environment and moral progress. Cassell & Co., Ltd, London, New York, Toronto & Melbourne; or The revolt of democracy. Cassell & Co., Ltd. London, New York, Toronto & Melbourne, published in the same year.
6. Wallace, Alfred Russel (1889 and later editions up to 1905) Darwinism; An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection With Some of Its Applications. Macmillan & Co., London & New York.
7. Fellow of the Geological Society [of London]. The square brackets in the letter appear to be in Kidner's hand.
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