Grant Allen to W.T. Stead

(February 26, 1895)

The Croft, Hind Head, Haslemere (February 26, 1895)

My dear Stead,

For two or three days I have been meaning to write to you to say that, as other reviews roll in, and I realise more the vast gulf that separates me from other men on this question, I have constantly felt how much obliged I ought to have been to you for your tolerant notice. And now, before I could find time to write, Eason's letter comes in, a monument of bigotry, and surely the most astounding business communication ever yet penned by the secretary of a limited company. I can only say, it gives me a worse opinion than I ever before held of Irish Catholicism. I return it herewith, and of course will make no public reference to it. But I wish you could mention in the papers that they have interdicted your number; that should surely do good rather than harm to both of us.

I spoke to Grant Richards of the subject on which you wrote, without telling him you had written; and I hope you will find he is more attentive in future. Thank you once more for your kindness in hinting it.

In great haste—I am overwhelmed with letters, (mostly sympathetic, from women).

Yours very sincerely,

Grant Allen.

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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.

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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