Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Sir,--In the resolutions passed at the various meetings now being held throughout the country the point which presses most for immediate action seems to be generally overlooked. I refer to the rescue of the Bulgarian population from the barbarities and persecutions they are even now suffering, and from the famine that must be surely overtaking them; and, what is equally important, to some efficient protection against the imminent danger of worse atrocities than ever at the hands of the irregulars of the Turkish army on their return from Servia. Allow me to suggest that an immediate and universal expression of opinion is needed (embodied, if thought fit, in petitions to the Queen), to the effect that our Government should at once join Russia in the occupation of Bulgaria with a sufficient body of troops, for the sole purpose of efficiently protecting the remnant of the cruelly oppressed Bulgarian people till such time as the Great Powers of Europe decide on the future status of the country. Bulgaria is now in the hands of assassins and robbers, and its own rulers profess their inability to help her. Let us declare, also, that if our Government refuses in this matter to represent the wishes of the people of England, and Russia alone gives that succour to the oppressed which common humanity demands, we will not allow her to be interfered with. Let us express our wishes on this point with sufficient unanimity, and the Ministry will hardly refuse to carry them into effect.
Alfred Russel Wallace.