To A. R. Wallace 1 February 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Wallace
I am much obliged for your photograph, for I have lately set up a Scientific Album;2 & for the papers which I will read before long.3 I enclose my own Photo, taken by my son & I have no other.4 I fear it will be a long time before I shall be able to sit to a Photographer otherwise I should be happy to sit to Mr Simms5
Thanks for information about the Aru pig, which will make me very cautious.6 It is a perplexing case, for Nathusius says the skull of the Aru resembles that of the Chinese breed & he thinks that Sus Papuensis has been founded on a young skull; DeBlainville stating that an old skull from New Guinea resembles that of the wild pigs of Malabar, & these belong to the S. scrofa type, which is different from the Chinese domestic breed. The latter has not been found in a wild condition7
Believe me dear Wallace | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Exchange of photographs.
Aru pigs present perplexing case, whether wild or domesticated.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4760,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4760