Re. the article "Levelling Up" in the "Daily News"; salaries of officials; poverty; alcoholism; lower death rates in Letchworth Garden City.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Lester, Ahren
Transcription date: February 18, 2013
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
108, Greenwich Rd,
Jan. 6. 1913.
To Dr. Alfred Russell[sic.] Wallace
I have just read "Levelling Up" in the D[aily]. N[ews].1 I have been saying, for years, that salaries are so high that people who get them don’t know what to do with them so they give whatever is asked [] by the Fruiterer (the chief purveyor of natural food) and there is nothing left us with small means but the rotten & stale.
I have lived in the Port of London for 60 years and have watched how things go & find the alcohol delusion; our absurd drinking customs are stopping all openings towards progress-- the publican & brewer & [] the high salaried official gets the pick of all that is going-- the poor have the flaring open pub & the fried fish shop.
While staying in the Garden City (Letchworth) I noticed in the local paper I noticed how Mr. Craske2 the secretary of the Garden City Company had omitted in his letter one of the causes of a lower death rate &c. and had the pleasure of seeing my correction [] in the following week’s issue.
I enclose the cuttings & hope they will be of interest to you & if you will kindly return them I will look up the current figures yet the two letters printed on one leaflet for my own distribution in letters &c. If you have any small pamphlet on Natural Selection I should be glad if you could send it me.
Yours faithfully | Alfred Hall Waters [signature]
1. Newspaper started in 1846 by Charles Dickens continuing until 1930.
2. Harold Craske. He was Secretary to the First Garden City, Ltd set up in 1903.
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