To A. R. Wallace 3 August 1
Down. | Beckenham, Kent.
Aug 3. 1872
My dear Wallace
I hate controversy, chiefly perhaps because I do it badly; but as Dr Bree accuses you of “blundering”, I have thought myself bound to send the enclosed letter to Nature; that is if you in the least desire it. In this case please post it.—2 If you do not at all wish it, I shd rather prefer not sending it, & in this case please to tear it up—
And I beg you to do the same, if you intend answering Dr Bree yourself, as you will do it incomparably better than I shd—
Also please to tear it up if you don’t like the letter.
My dear Wallace | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.
Encloses a letter to Nature [see 8448] correcting Dr Bree, who has accused ARW of "blundering". ARW should tear up CD’s letter if he does not like it or plans to reply himself.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8447,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8447