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Letter to Julia Dawson (S541a: 1898)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to columnist Julia Dawson appearing on page 8d of her 'Our Woman’s Letter' column in The Clarion issue of 30 April 1898. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S541A.htm

    My dear Julia Dawson,--The Clarion Van, which I hope is the forerunner of many others, is such an admirable social institution, and so useful a means of propagating the "true faith," that every Socialist must wish it success, and I do so most heartily.

    It seems rather a pity, however, that it should be in use for such a comparatively short time. If a small band of lecturers could be found to use it in the more benighted parts of the country, it might be doing good work from February to November. The experience of the yellow and red vans of the Land Nationalisation Society and the Land Restoration League shows that a van is itself an attraction in all out-of-the-way places, and almost always secures an audience.

    I send you a copy of the first number of that curious Socialist paper The Eagle and the Serpent. The editor tells me that my letter about it in the Clarion does interpret their views correctly. I will shortly send you a few books for the Van. With very best wishes.--Yours, &c.,

Alfred R. Wallace.
Parkstone, Dorset, April 18, 1898.

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