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Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hampden.
(S248ad: 1875)

Editor Charles H. Smith’s Note: A letter to the Editor of The Daily News (London), printed on page 3 of its 11 March 1875 issue. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S248AD.htm

     To the Editor of The Daily News. Sir,--In your article on Mr. John Hampden's trial at Chelmsford are two important misstatements. My counsel did not say that I had "recovered 600l.," but that I had "not recovered one penny of the 600l. damages awarded me." Neither did he say that Mr. Hampden's previous sentence was "two years," but only "two months'" imprisonment. You then speak of the "list of fines, apologies, and terms of imprisonment quoted above," and say that "altogether the punishment that has overtaken Mr. Hampden is very heavy." The fact, however, is that for nearly five years' continuous libels his only punishment has been, till now, two months' imprisonment. Allow me to add that you are mistaken in supposing that no one cares about his libels. I have received scores of letters complaining of the annoyance, and begging me to stop it; and it is to protect others as well as myself from persecution that I have appealed to the law for protection.

Alfred R. Wallace.

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