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Letter to the Anti-Vaccination League of America
(S680: 1909)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter of support sent to the second annual conference of the Anti-Vaccination League of America, held 29 December 1909. Later printed on page 253 of the 1 March 1910 issue of The Vaccination Inquirer. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S680.htm

Old Orchard, Broadstone,
Wimborne, England, Dec. 8th, 1909.

     Dear Sir,--Although as a rule I decline Honorary Vice-Presidentships, I will make an exception in favour of your Society, because I conceive the abolition of Vaccination to be essential to the progress of humanity, both physically and socially. That such a totally unscientific and dangerous practice should still be upheld and even enforced by law in so many of the most advanced communities is one of the dark blots upon our boasted civilisation.

     Thanking you for the honour you have done me, and in the hope that you will not rest from your labours till this gross and baseless superstition of an unscientific age is wholly swept away, and the blood of the highest races be no longer infected with unknown and unsuspected diseases.--I am, yours very faithfully,

Alfred R. Wallace.

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