From A. R. Wallace 26 September 1863
5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W.
Septr. 26th. 1863
My dear Mr Darwin
I enclose you some flowers of a Melastoma just received from a friend at Singapore—1 Unfortunately he gives me very little information about them except that “in every case they were swarming with ants” Perhaps by examining the flowers you can find out something.2
My friend Mr. Tristram3 informed me the other day of an interesting fact on acclimatization of plants similar to that of the rhododendrons mentioned by Dr. Hooker.4 I note the particulars on the opposite page.
I have seen quite a number of striped horses in London— At least 4 or 5 Cab horses striped on the legs all more or less clay coloured, & lately a pony, with strong dorsal stripe, two shoulder stripes, & bands on fore legs.5
I hope you are now better in health & that we may soon hope to have your volume on “Domestication &c.”6
I have the bees comb of oval cells promised from two friends in the East but there seems some difficulty in getting it.7
With best wishes I remain | My dear Mr Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace—
C. Darwin Esq.
“W. E. Surtees Esq. (of Seaton Carew, Durham),8 had a quantity of furze killed by the frost (Xmas 1860) at an estate of his in Devonshire, all except a small patch which he had raised himself from seed from the neighbourhood of Aberdeen”
Communicated by Mr. Surtees to the Revd. H. B. Tristram, Greatham Vicarage, Durham
Encloses flowers of Melastoma from Singapore.
Acclimatisation of plants.
Striped horses in London.
Bees’ cells; has been promised information from the East.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4308,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4308