To A. R. Wallace 6 July 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Wallace
I am very much obliged for your article on mimicry, the whole of which I have read with the greatest interest.2 You certainly have the art of putting your ideas with remarkable force & clearness; now that I am slaving over proof sheets it makes me almost envious.3
I have been particularly glad to read about the bird’s nests, & I must procure the Intellectual Observer;4 but the point which I think struck me most was about it being of no use to the Heliconias to acquire in a slight degree a disagreeable taste.5
What a curious case is that about the coral snakes.6 The summary & indeed the whole is excellent & I have enjoyed it much.
With many thanks | yours very sincerely. | Ch. Darwin
Acknowledgment of article on mimicry [Westminster Rev. 88 (1867): 1–43].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5579,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5579