Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)

Professor Alfred Russel Wallace (S702: 1913)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter of support sent to the annual meeting of the National Anti-Vaccination League held 13 March 1913, and later printed on page 9 of the 1 April 1913 issue of The Vaccination Inquirer. To link directly to this page, connect with:

Professor Alfred Russel Wallace, the famous scientist, wrote:--

     Year by year it becomes increasingly hard for me to send any message of use or novelty for the Annual Meeting. It seems so absolutely impossible to get people to weigh the evidence fairly. One would have thought that our great test-case of Leicester, with those of our absolutely "protected" (! !) Army and Navy, should have been enough, but now we have had the new, the great, and the still more complete test-case of Japan--the most thoroughly vaccinated and re-vaccinated country in the world, and that one which still has the greatest smallpox fatality!

     Why is this not brought forward again and again in Parliament, and made the basis of a demand for a new inquiry, by a small body of statisticians only--neither doctors nor acknowledged anti-vaccinators forming any part of it--their duty being to examine the best statistics available, put before them by us and the doctors, and tell the public and the Government what they prove?

     Surely this is the only fair way. And it must prove, not only the absolute uselessness, but the serious danger of vaccination--that it really increases smallpox--causes death; and is therefore a Crime! We demand therefore not abolition of compulsion, but total abolition of all legal and official recognition of vaccination in any way whatever. Nothing else is worth fighting for. No one who knows this--as we all know it--should ever give a vote to any candidate, Parliamentary or Municipal, who will not promise to vote against legalised blood-poisoning of infants or adults. We are in numbers powerful. Let us make it known that we will one and all vote against all vaccinators, and we shall get the whole vile thing abolished by a Bill of one Clause repealing every Vaccination Act still in force.--Yours very earnestly,

Alfred R. Wallace.

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