From A. R. Wallace 31 January 1
5, Westbourne Grove Terrace | W.
Many thanks for your kind letter.1 I send you now a few more papers. One on “Man” is not much in your line.2 The other 3 are Bird lists, but in the introductory remarks are a few facts of Distribution that may be of use to you, & as you have them already in the Zool. Proc. you can cut these up if you want “extracts.”3
I hope you do not very much want the Aru pig to be a domestic animal run wild,—because I have no doubt myself it was the species peculiar to the New Guinea fauna (Sus papuensis. Less.) a very distinct form.4 I have no doubt it is this species though I did not get it myself there, because I was told that on a small island near called there “Pulo babi” (pig Is.) was a race of pigs (different from & larger than those of the large islands) which had originated from the wreck of a large ship near a century ago— The productions of the Aru Islands closely resemble those of New Guinea,—more than half the species of birds being identical, as well as about half of the few known mammals.
I am beginning to work at some semi-mechanical work, drawing up catalogues of parts of my collection for publication.5
I enclose my “carte”.6 Have you a photograph of yourself of any kind you can send me? When you come to Town next may I beg the honour of a sitting for my brother-in-law Mr. Sims, 76, Westbourne Grove.7
Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace
C. Darwin Esq.
P.S. Your paper on Lythrum salicaria, is most beautiful.8 What a wonderful plant it is! I long to hear your paper on Thursday on Tendrils & hear what you have got out of them.9 My old friend Spruce a good botanist & close observer could probably supply you with some facts on that or other botanical subjects if you would write to him.10 He is now at Kew but almost as ill as yourself.
Sends papers with comments. Convinced that the Aru pig is a species peculiar to New Guinea fauna, not a domestic animal that ran wild.
Admires CD’s paper ["Three forms of Lythrum", Collected papers 2: 106–31].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4759,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4759