From A. R. Wallace [after 20 August 1862]1
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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.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.
Would be pleased to have third edition of Origin.
Is unwell and dreads the winter.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3694,” accessed on 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3694