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Sent by:
Alfred Hall Waters
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
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6 January 1913

Sent by Alfred Hall Waters, 108, Greenwich Road, London, S.E. to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset] on 6 January 1913.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.

Summary

Re. the article "Levelling Up" in the "Daily News"; salaries of officials; poverty; alcoholism; lower death rates in Letchworth Garden City.

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LETTER (WCP597.597)

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/126
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Copyright of the Alfred Hall Waters Literary Estate.

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[[1]]

108, Greenwich Rd,

London, S.E.

Jan. 6. 1913.

To Dr. Alfred Russell[sic.] Wallace

Dear Sir,

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 [[2]] 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 & [[3]] 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 [[4]] 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]

ENDNOTES

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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