To A. R. Wallace [19 February 1872]1
9. Devonshire St. | Portland Place
My dear Wallace
We have taken this house for a month, & if ever you are in this quarter of the Town & want some luncheon at 1 o clock, for Heaven sake call here.—
I sent you off on Saturday my new Edit. of Origin, the last which I shall ever bother myself in trying to improve. There is nothing worth your looking at except perhaps the new Chapter VII.— But I have given list of the more important alterations.2
Many thanks for your Presidential address, which I have read with much interest. I think you hardly do justice to Kovalevsky’s conclusions, when you speak of them as founded on histological research alone.3
You give an admirable resume of H. Spencer’s doctrine & I wish I could see my way to accept it fully; but I do so essentially in as far as I am quite inclined to believe that each segment originally contained all organs, excepting mouth.4
Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Sends 6th ed. of Origin;
draws attention to his criticism of ARW’s estimate of Kovalevsky;
mentions his disagreement with much of Spencer’s doctrine
and in a postscript points out an inaccuracy in an article in Once a Month.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Wallace, A. R.
- Sent from
- London, Devonshire St, 9
- Source of text
- Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8211,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8211