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Letter to W. T. Stead (S686a: 1911)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter Wallace sent to W. T. Stead to congratulate him on the twenty-first birthday of his magazine The Review of Reviews. Printed on page 110 of the February 1911 issue of that title (as part of a feature story containing other such congratulatory letters). To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S686A.htm

Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne.
January 15, 1911.

Dear Mr. Stead,--

     After reading the summary of your twenty-one years' work I am very much pleased to find myself in almost perfect accord with you in every great reform or ideal you have laboured for so strenuously. Like yourself, I am more of an optimist than ever, and our chief difference is that, as regards social reform especially, I advocate more fundamental changes than you have yet ventured on. Though of late years I have not found time to follow your work so closely as I did during the first half of the life of the Review, I have always admired your unflinching advocacy of justice, both at home and abroad, while I have never read more enlightening articles than your long series of Character Sketches of the great men of the world. Sincerely hoping that you may have another twenty-one years of equally beneficial literary work in the cause of human progress.

     I am glad to be able to sign myself,

     Your admirer and friend,

Alfred R. Wallace.

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