From Alfred Russel Wallace 7 April 1862
5 Westbourne Grove Terrace. W
April 7th. 1862
My dear Mr. Darwin
I was much pleased to receive your note this morning.1 I have not yet begun work but hope to be soon busy.2 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.3
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.
Cannot accept invitation at present.
Is sending a wild honeycomb from Timor.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3496,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3496