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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. R. Wallace   16 September 1878

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Sept 16. 1878

My dear Wallace

I return the paper signed & most heartily wish that you may be successful, not only for your own sake, but for that of natural science, as you would then have more time for new researches.1 I keep moderately well, but always feel half-dead, yet manage to work away on vegetable physiology, as I think that I shd die outright, if I had nothing to do.—2

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter from A. R. Wallace, 14 September 1878. Wallace had asked for CD’s support in his application to become superintendent of Epping Forest.
CD was working with his son Francis Darwin on movement in plants; their research was published in 1880 (Movement in plants).


Movement in plants: The power of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.


Supports Epping Forest appointment.

Continues work on vegetable physiology.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Russel Wallace
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Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11695,” accessed on 25 February 2021,