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Record number: WCP603

Sent by:
G. Bell Williamson
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
13 January 1913

Sent by G. Bell Williamson, Brighton, Sussex to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 13 January 1913.

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


Thanking Wallace for the reply to his letter of 10 Jan 1913; Bible text; workmen voters; the evils of Capitalism; entry of the poor into the Army and its degrading effects; advocating the possession of a rifle by everyone over the age of fourteen and armed revolution.; Stamped envelope addressed to Alfred Russel Wallace at Broadstone Wimborne, postmarked on the front Brighton 14 Jan 1913. [Annotated in Alfred Russel Wallace's hand] "No Ans".

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LETTER (WCP603.603)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/132(1)
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Copyright of the G. Bell Williamson Literary Estate.

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35, Devonshire Street,


Sussex, England

13 Jan[uar]y 1913

Dear Sir,

I am grateful for your readily [1 word illeg.]--which I will measure:

I did not expect it.

Would that I could aid you in your load work; and add 15 years to your life!

I have been reading [1 word illeg.] 37-- in Hebrew-- profitably I hope:

The Great Evil in this--the blood suckers rely upon our peaceful revolution and upon our patience. Has all they and, and want, simply a continuation of things as now exist! [[2]] When a Capitalist [1 word illeg.] is [1 word illeg.] it will be by year[?] for his hide! and the sight of [1 word illeg.] Rifle, in the hands of his victims.

I know the "work is an [1 word illeg.]" you allude to:

They are dependents of the rich, like the small trader upon his Raures.

I know [1 word illeg.] army well, having been a cavalry & infantry volunteer.

The army is the special product of the Landlord & capitalists operations. The army, 90 percent of it is formed by homeless, hungry, [1 word illeg.] were, flying from so called [[3]] "Justice", and capitalist horrors generally.

These men are deliberately stripped, and pushed, and [1 word illeg.] into the army, like cattle, for the purpose of enforcing such laws as such then [1 word illeg.]. Yet we talk of voluntary Enlistment! There is no connection like the hunger one: I have no misgivings upon that suspect, at least.

Neither will you ever drive the sense of personal responsibility into a man, or the faculty of right thinking until you have clothed him with power, as with---a farmer, by pulling life and death into his hands

He will vote correctly after that.

I want our armies disbanded, for must [[4]] part; and every man and woman over 14 familiarized with the wages.

It is coming to that quickly--light!, long range fast firing yours, have revolutionized absolutely all the old military [1 word illeg.], uniform are absurdities; and drill nearly useless.

All Barracks are wells, and the degradation of manhood--offices and men--with exceptions of course.

Had I your power--and weight I would begun with goods--pulling life & death before them! Casting & blessing, and at the same time create commodities in every parish to carry out the good word.

Believe me | Yo[ur] ob[edient] serv[an]t | G Bell Williamson [signature]

Alfred Russel Wallace Esq

&c. &c.

Broadstone, Dorset

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