From A. R. Wallace 30 September 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.1
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.2
I am now reading Herbert Spencer’s First Principles, which seems to me a truly great work, which goes to the root of everything.3
I hope you will be well enough to come to Cambridge.4
I remain | My dear Mr. Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace
Acknowledges 3d edition of Origin.
Praise of Herbert Spencer’s First Principles .
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3742,” accessed on 25 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3742