To A. R. Wallace 29 January 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Wallace
I must ease my mind by saying how much I admire the two papers you have sent me.1 That on parrots contained most new matter to me, & interested me extremely;2 That in the Geograph. Journal strikes me as an epitome of the whole theory of Geograph. distribution3 the comparison of Borneo & New Guinea,—the relation of the volcanic outbursts & the required subsidence,—& the comparison of the supposed conversion of the Atlantic into a great archipelago seemed to me the 3 best hits.4 They are both indeed excellent papers.—
Believe me yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
Do try what hard work will do to banish painful thoughts.5
P.S. During one of the later French Voyages, a wild pig was killed & brought from the Aru Islands to Paris.6 Am I not right in inferring that this must have been introduced & run wild. If you have a clear opinion on this head, may I quote you?7
Commends ARW’s papers on parrots
and on the theory of geographical distribution [see 4750].
Wild pigs in Aru Islands must have been introduced and later ran wild. Does ARW have an opinion on the subject?
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4757,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4757