From A. R. Wallace 1 October 1
76, Westbourne Grove | Bayswater. W. Octr. 1st. Dear Darwin
I am sorry I was not in town when your note came.2 I took a short trip in Scotland after the Brit. Ass. Meeting; and went up Ben Lawers. It was very cold and wet and I could not find a companion or I should have gone as far as Glen Roy.3
My article on “Creation by Law” in reply to the Duke of Argyle and the North British Reviewer, is in the present month’s Number of the “Quarterly Journal of Science”.4 I cannot send you a copy because they do not allow separate copies to be printed. There is a nice illustration of the predicted Madagascar Moth and Angræcum sesquipedale.5
I shall be glad to know whether I have done it satisfactorily to you, and hope you will not be so very sparing of criticism as you usually are.
I hope you are getting on well with your great book. I hear a rumour that we are to have one vol. of it about ’Xmas.6
I quite forget whether I told you that I have a little boy, now three months old, and have named him “Herbert Spencer”,—(having had a brother Herbert.)7 I am now staying chiefly in the country at Hurstpierpoint but come up to town once a month at least. You may address simply
Hoping your health is tolerable & that all your family are well | Believe me Dear Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace—
Charles Darwin Esq.
Informs CD of his reply to Argyll and the North British Review criticisms [in "Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. Cites "the predicted Madagascar moth" and Angraecum sesquipedale.
Birth of Herbert Spencer Wallace.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5637,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5637