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Letter 3742

Wallace, A. R. to Darwin, C. R.

30 Sept 1862

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    Acknowledges 3d edition of Origin.

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    Praise of Herbert Spencer's First Principles [1862].


5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W.

Septr. 30th. 1862

My dear Mr. Darwin

Many thanks for the third Ed. of the ``Origin'' which I found here on my return from Devonshire on Saturday.

I have not had time yet to read more than the ``Historical Sketch'' which is very interesting & shews that the time had quite come for your book.

I am now reading Herbert Spencer's First Principles, which seems to me a truly great work, which goes to the root of everything.

I hope you will be well enough to come to Cambridge.

I remain | My dear Mr. Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace

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    f1 3742.f1
    See letter from A. R. Wallace, [after 20 August 1862] and n. 3.
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    The third English edition of Origin, published in 1861, was the first to include the historical preface that CD had appended to the first American and German editions; the preface was entitled `An historical sketch of the recent progress of opinion on the origin of species' (Origin 3d ed., pp. xiii--xix).
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    Spencer 1860--2. There is a partly uncut copy of this work in the Darwin Library--CUL (Marginalia 1: 769).
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    In 1862, the British Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in Cambridge during the first week of October. See also letter to W. D. Fox, 20 [September 1862], and letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 [September 1862].
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