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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. R. Wallace   13 March [1871]

Down, Beckenham, Kent.

March 13th.

Will you send me a card telling me whether the Bugis are Malays—1 I suppose (as they speak a distinct language) they form at least a distinct subtribe from the Malays of Malacca.—2 Mr F. Geach speaks sometimes of Malays & sometimes of Bugis.—3

C. Darwin


Bugis: ‘a people of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes)’ (OED).
Bugis (or Buginese) is distinct from the Malay language; both are Austronesian languages (OED).
CD refers to answers to his queries on expression from Frederick F. Geach (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from F. F. Geach, 4 July 1868).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

OED: The Oxford English dictionary. Being a corrected re-issue with an introduction, supplement and bibliography of a new English dictionary. Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1970. A supplement to the Oxford English dictionary. 4 vols. Edited by R. W. Burchfield. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1972–86. The Oxford English dictionary. 2d edition. 20 vols. Prepared by J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1989. Oxford English dictionary additional series. 3 vols. Edited by John Simpson et al. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1993–7.


Asks whether Bugis [Buggess] are Malays. [See 7587.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent from
MR 13 | 71
Source of text
English Heritage, Down House (EH 88202150)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7579A,” accessed on 2 July 2020,

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