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Letters to the Editor.
Land Nationalisation. (S357c: 1883)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor printed on page 1 of the 25 January 1883 issue of the London newspaper The Echo. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S357C.htm

     Sir,--The accompanying letter has been to-day sent to the Editor of the Daily News. As I cannot expect it to appear in that paper, I venture to hope that you will give it publicity.--I am, yours, &c., Alfred R. Wallace, Frith-hill, Godalming.

(To the Editor of "The Daily News.")

     Sir,--In your second leader of yesterday (January 23rd) you remark, of Land Nationalisation, that you "do not profess to know exactly what it means."

     This confession of ignorance is hardly worthy of a public teacher. My book on "Land Nationalisation"--which not only explains fully "what it means," but gives the facts which prove its necessity, answers all objections, and propounds a detailed practical scheme for carrying it into effect--has been in your hands for the last six months. Over 1,500 copies of the book have been sold, and more than fifty notices of it have appeared in the most influential country newspapers, more than thirty of these being lengthy, careful, and very favourable reviews.

     It is, therefore, certain that a considerable portion of the public are not in the state of ignorance which you, their teacher, profess almost as if it were a merit; while the extensive correspondence of the officers of the Land Nationalisation Society, and the interest displayed at the numerous lectures to working men upon the subject, show that the question is one which, however the majority of the London Press and professional politicians may chose to ignore it, is making its way with the public, and will soon be heard of at the hustings and in Parliament. I leave you to judge whether it is wise much longer "not to profess to know exactly what it means."

--I am, yours, &c., Alfred R. Wallace.

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