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Autograph letter signed, "P. Kropotkin".
Boxborough Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill: 2 October,, 1888. Single bifolium (leaf size 179 x 115 mm), hand written across one page in ink. Creased from folding as usual, final page sometime pasted to card mount and later removed, leaving some glue and paper residue. Autograph letter signed by the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, settled in England after fleeing persecution in Russia and the continent, to an unknown recipient, finalising the arrangements for a provisional lecture of his to be given on 17 October 1888. In the letter Kropotkin refers to one "Mr Appleton" as the organiser of this particular lecture, perhaps the American anarchist Henry Appleton. Appleton was a regular contributor to Benjamin Tucker's periodical Liberty, in which a number of Kropotkin's articles were printed during the 1880s and 1890s; Tucker also translated a number of Kropotkin's essays, reported on his activities in Europe, and published Kropotkin's wife's story of her time spent at Clairvaux prison with her husband. Despite planning trips to America for well over a decade, it was not until 1897 and 1901 that Kropotkin's health allowed him to tour the east coast to deliver two series of lectures, primarily on the theory of mutual aid and the history of Russia literature, and in both cases Tucker was in attendance. Though little biographical information is known about Appleton, he had a reputation as a brilliant speaker and writer and wrote sympathetically of Kropotkin and his cause; it is possible that he was in contact with the revolutionary about tentative talks. After twelve years of impri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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