Would be pleased to have third edition of Origin.
Is unwell and dreads the winter.
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I have only the 1st. Edition of the ``Origin''— I suppose the one
you kindly sent to Singapore must have reached after I left & they did not think
it worth while to return it. I should be much pleased to have
I have never considered the Ostriches to have any real connection with Mammals, & should imagine <half a page excised> difficult <3 words excised> of anomalous semiaquatic animals which should easily admit of modification into these three forms.—
I find myself very delicate & dread the winter, as I have been suffering here from inflamation of the pleura, & bad cough through a little exposure to night air.
I remain | My dear Mr Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace
C. Darwin Esq.
- f1 3694.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to A. R. Wallace, 20 August . See also n. 3, below.
- f2 3694.f2Wallace had returned to Britain in the spring of 1862, having been on a collecting expedition in the Malay Archipelago since 1854 (Wallace 1905). His name appears on CD's list of presentation copies for Origin (see Correspondence vol. 8, Appendix III).
- f3 3694.f3Wallace acknowledged receipt of a copy of the third edition of Origin in his letter to CD of 30 September 1862.
- f4 3694.f4See letter to A. R. Wallace, 20 August .