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From Dr. Russel Wallace (S613: 1904)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter of support sent to the annual meeting of the National Anti-Vaccination League held 15-16 March 1904, and later printed on page 18 of the 1 April 1904 issue of The Vaccination Inquirer. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S613.htm

     I am much pleased to find that you are inviting a number of Members of Parliament to the Conference, and I trust that everything possible will be done to impress them with the growth of our movement, and the very great power we can wield at elections if we are driven to use it. I have had the great pleasure recently of receiving visits from your President, and from Doctor Hadwen--the two most energetic and most eloquent supporters of our cause, with whose views on many other questions affecting the well-being of the community I was glad to find myself in perfect sympathy. I was particularly impressed with their suggestion that whenever we cannot find a candidate who will promise to vote against the tyrannous and iniquitous Vaccination Laws, we shall use our voting paper for the purpose of recording the reason for our abstention by writing across it, "Anti-Vaccinator." If a few thousand of our members and supporters would do this at the next general election, I feel sure our cause would be won. It is the one mode of COMPULSION we possess, and I think it is our duty to use it. With all good wishes for the speedy success of our cause.

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