To Alfred Russel Wallace 1 January 1864
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Jan 1. 1864
I am still unable to write otherwise than by dictation.1 In a letter received 2 or 3 weeks ago from Asa Gray he writes “I read lately with gusto Wallace’s exposé of the Dublin man on Bee cells &c”2
Now tho’ I cannot read at present I much want to know where this is published that I may procure a copy.3 Further on Asa Gray says (after speaking of Agassiz’s paper on Glaciers in the Atlantic Magazine)4 & his recent book entitled Method of Study5 “Pray set Wallace upon these articles” So Asa Gray seems to think much of your powers of reviewing & I mention this as it assuredly is laudari a laudato.6 I hope you are hard at work & if you are inclined to tell me I shd much like to know what you are doing. It will be many months I fear before I shall do any thing.
Pray believe me yours very sincerely. | Ch. Darwin
Asa Gray’s high opinion of ARW as a reviewer [reference to S. Haughton’s paper on bees’ cells, Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 11 (1863): 415–29, reviewed by ARW in "Remarks on the Rev. S. Haughton’s paper", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 12 (1863): 303–9].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4376,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4376