Cannot accept invitation at present.
Is sending a wild honeycomb from Timor.
5 Westbourne Grove Terrace. W
April 7th. 1862
My dear Mr. Darwin
I was much pleased to receive your note this morning. I have not yet begun work but hope to be soon busy. As I am being doctored a little I do not think I shall be able to accept your kind invitation at present but trust to be able to do so during the summer.
I beg you to accept a wild honeycomb from the island of Timor, not quite perfect but the best I could get. It is of a small size but of characteristic form & I think will be interesting to you. I was quite unable to get the honey out of it, so fear you will find it somewhat in a mess but no doubt you will know how to clean it.
I have told Stevens to send it to you.
Hoping your health is now quite restored & with best wishes | I remain | My dear Mr Darwin | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace
C. Darwin Esq.
- f1 3496.f1CD's letter has not been found.
- f2 3496.f2Wallace had recently arrived in England, having spent eight years in the Malay Archipelago (Wallace 1905, 1: 385).
- f3 3496.f3Samuel Stevens was Wallace's London agent, responsible for handling the natural history specimens that Wallace collected. In a drawer of the rent table in CD's study at Down House is a pill box marked: `Bees: Timor Wallace, of which I have comb.—'