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DCP-LETT-3694

From A. R. Wallace   [after 20 August 1862]1

half a page excised

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.2 I should be much pleased to have the 3rd. Edn.3

I have never considered the Ostriches to have any real connection with Mammals,4 & 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.

CD annotations

2.2 difficult … air. 3.2] ‘Malacca | ova cells | domesticated Bees’ added in margin, ink

Footnotes

1
Dated by the relationship to the letter to A. R. Wallace, 20 August [1862]. See also n. 3, below.
2
Wallace 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).
3
Wallace acknowledged receipt of a copy of the third edition of Origin in his letter to CD of 30 September 1862.
4
See letter to A. R. Wallace, 20 August [1862].

Summary

Would be pleased to have third edition of Origin.

Is unwell and dreads the winter.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3694
From
Wallace, A. R.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 181
Physical description
2pp inc †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3694,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3694

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