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Record number: WCP571

Sent by:
Edward B. Reeves
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
6 January 1913

Sent by Edward B. Reeves, Norwich, Norfolk to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset on 6 January 1913.

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


Says that the interview with Alfred Russel Wallace published in the D.N.& L. ("The Spectre of Poverty", 6 Jan 1913) has inspired him with hope. The postcard shows a printed anti-war text titled "Moral Force Superior to Dreadnoughts, Revolution by Ridicule" by George Allen and E B Reeves.

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LETTER (WCP571.571)

A postcard   in English.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/100
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edward B. Reeves Literary Estate.

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Moral Force Superior to Dreadknoughts,


Revolution by Ridicule



The man whose attitude of mind is in harmony with the moral forces of the universe finds nothing in life so amazing as this, that everything opposing him loses its substance and its power the moment he actually grapples with it. He may not understand, but all the greatest forces of the universe are working for him, and with him, and against these forces the machinery and inventions of men are absolutely powerless. It is only so long as he believes in physical force that he fears such things as armaments and soldiers, policemen, prisons, and other coercive inventions of men. When he refuses to fight with material weapons and lays them aside, there immediately comes to his aid a force against which all other forces are of no avail.

To demonstrate these principles in an active campaign against all forms of oppression and restore to the people their birthright, the land, it is desirable that a band of earnest men be gathered together to apply this moral power in a sustained agitation of the most vigorous character.

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[[2]]2 The Bungalow: Norwich

your interview as reported in D.N. & L. inspire some with hope, when struggling and shoveling & beaten. I had lost it.

Ed B. Reeves [signature]


1. Page one of the postcard is printed text.

2. Page two of the postcard is handwritten.

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