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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. R. Wallace   18 January [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan 18th

My dear Wallace

I hear you are to review my book in Academy; so I have thought it wd. save you trouble to have a copy as soon as possible.—2 I have asked Mr. Murray to get Vol. I bound & sent to you.3 Vol. II. will be delayed 10 or 14 days by Index: otherwise thank all the powers it is completed.4 Do not swear at me more than you can help.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Wallace’s review of Descent (see n. 2, below).
Wallace reviewed Descent in the Academy, 15 March 1871, pp. 177–83.
CD refers to John Murray. See letter to R. F. Cooke, 17 January [1871].


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Sends ARW advance copy of vol. 1 [of Descent] for his review in Academy. Vol. 2 is delayed by index. "Do not swear at me more than you can help."

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7446,” accessed on 7 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19