RECORD: S686a. Wallace, A. R. 1911. The twenty-first birthday of the "Review." Review of Reviews (London) 43 (254, February): 110.

REVISION HISTORY: Body text helpfully provided by Charles H. Smith from his Alfred Russel Wallace Page

[page] 110

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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