Grant Allen to W.T. Stead


The Nook, Horsham Road, Dorking

My Dear Stead, I shall be very glad to write you another scientific causerie, but on two conditions – pay, two guineas a thousand words; and every word I write to be printed.

I have read M Catchpool’s letter with dismay and amazement. That an open apologist of our vile existing system, which embraces as component parts of itself, prostitution, wife-beating, and the disgusting disclosures of the divorce court, should venture to use such language of the advocates of a higher and purer moral platform, and of a deeper recognition of marital responsibility, strikes me dumb with indignation. Does the man know anything of the horrors of prostitution? Of the east end slums? Of infant mortality? Of the condition of wives among the degraded classes? If he does, and then dares to palliate and excuse the system that produces them, I can only say, my moral ideas and his have no common ground. He can never have thought about these subjects at all; and I earnestly hope you will send him on this letter.

We shall be delighted to see you whenever you can come, to discuss rationally all national plans for the bettering of humanity. In haste,

Yours ever,

Grant Allen.

PS. No truce with prostitution or female slavery!

About this website

I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against. I hope you find it useful.

If you have a question that explicitly concerns any of the content on this website, feel free to Contact me and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience. However, please note that I no longer work in academia. With a very "busy" business to run, the time I can spare responding to enquiries through this website is finite, to say the least. So, please do not ask me to do research for you or assist in matters of family history.

Finally, though this website includes a section on Stead's obsession with spiritualism, I myself am not remotely interested in the subject. So, if you think you have seen Stead's ghost in your kitchen or believe you are the reincarnation of the great editor himself (or anyone else who died on the Titanic), I beg you not to tell me about it..

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil