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DCP-LETT-2145

From A. R. Wallace   [27 September 1857]1

–of May last, that my views on the order of succession of species were in accordance with your own, for I had begun to be a little disappointed that my paper had neither excited discussion nor even elicited opposition.2 The mere statement & illustration of the theory in that paper is of course but preliminary to an attempt at a detailed proof of it, the plan of which I have arranged, & in part written, but which of course requires much 〈research in English〉 libraries & collections, a labour which I look 〈missing section of unknown length

With regard to the black Jaguars always breeding inter se,3 it is of course a point not capable of proof, but the black & the spotted animals are generally confined to separate localities, & among the hundreds & thousands of the skins which are articles of commerce I have never heard of a particoloured one having occurred. I think there is a difference of form the black being the more slender & graceful animal.

CD annotations

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Bottom of fragment: ‘(Alfred R Wallace. Letter Sept. 1857.)’ ink

Footnotes

1
The date is established by CD’s annotation and by his reference in the letter to A. R. Wallace, 22 December 1857, to ‘your letter of Sept. 27th —’.
2
In his letter to A. R. Wallace, 1 May 1857, CD had praised Wallace’s paper ‘On the law which has regulated the introduction of new species’ (Wallace 1855).
3
CD had inquired about this point in his letter to A. R. Wallace, 1 May 1857.

Summary

Refers to CD’s letter of "May last". ARW’s views on order of succession of species are in accordance with CD’s.

Disappointed that his paper ["On the law which has regulated the introduction of new species", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2d ser. 16 (1855): 184–96] elicited no discussion; now ARW is trying to prove it. Paper merely states the theory.

On black jaguars breeding inter se: ARW has never heard of a parti-coloured one.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2145
From
Wallace, A. R.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 47: 145

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2145,” accessed on 25 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2145

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