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Letter to the National Anti-Vaccination League
(S619: 1905)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter of support sent to the annual meeting of the National Anti-Vaccination League, and later printed on page 6 of the 1 April 1905 issue of The Vaccination Inquirer. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S619.htm

Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace sent the following:--

     I have really nothing to say, except to repeat what I said last year. Your "Appeal to the Public" is admirable, but it will not influence the right people. Nothing but the fear of an adverse vote will do that. If our supporters do not unanimously put "measures before men," and loudly declare that they will vote for no one who is not whole-heartedly against all compulsion and all Government interference or influence in support of vaccination, then the power and prestige and influence of the medical profession will beat us, as they have beaten us in making the last supposed relief of the "Conscientious Objector" an excuse for more tyrannical compulsion than before. Nothing but the use of our voting power will influence our rulers. To parody "HAMLET," we may say--"The VOTE'S the thing by which to catch the conscience of the King."

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