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Record number: WCP551

Sent by:
Wenona Marlin
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
6 January 1913

Sent by Wenona Marlin, New York City, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 6 January 1913.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. an interview with Wallace in the "London Daily News" reprinted in "The New York Times"; the importance of improving the human race, asking if he could give talks on natural selection and eugenics in England and the USA; congratulating him on reaching his 90th birthday.

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LETTER (WCP551.551)

A typical letter typewritten  in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/80
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Wenona Marlin Literary Estate.

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39 1/2 Washington Square West

New York City

January 6, 1913

Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, O. M.

Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne

Dorset, England.

Dear Sir:

I have read with much interest in The New York Times your interview recently given in The London Daily News.

Your remarks about the "average of mankind" have particularly appealed to me because I have been endeavouring to interest our newspapers in "natural selection." That is, I wish to have a popular nature that will appeal to the masses of people in our country. Of course, we have scientific articles on Eugenics, but my wish was to impress upon the "average man" and woman the importance of the human race and the fact that in order to improve conditions we must improve the race.

As a worker among the poorer classes of people, and after closely observing the many, many thousands of immigrants reaching our shores every year, after going over the statistics of our prisons, and orphans, -- the figures are appealing and alarming -- I find every tax-payers who are unable or do not know how to mitigate this evil. Our social workers, charity organisations, and churches do not get to the root of this trouble.

A gentleman in your high position and speaking with authority can indeed do much toward making people think. Can you not give further "talks" along these lines and stir up a widespread interest among Eugenists both in England and the United States.

With congratulations and hearty good wishes on the occasion of your ninetieth birthday, I beg to remain, dear Doctor Wallace, a worker in the ranks who appreciate the wisdom of your remarks about the world today.

Respectfully yours | (Miss) Wenona Marlin [signature]


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