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From A. R. Wallace   21 July 1875

Summary

Response to Insectivorous plants. Surprised that CD did not discuss origin of the contrivances. Critics will interpret them as inexplicable by theory of natural selection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 106: B121–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10085

To A. R. Wallace   22 July [1875]

Summary

Glad to hear that ARW is so busy.

CD believes that he has thrown some light on the acquirement of the power of digestion in Droseraceae [in Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  22 July [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 271
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10088

From A. R. Wallace   7 November 1875

Summary

Thanks for Climbing plants [2d ed.].

Is reading proofs [of Geographical distribution (1876)].

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1875
Classmark:  DAR 106: B123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10247

To A. R. Wallace   23 December 1875

Summary

E. R. Lankester has been unfairly blackballed at the Linnean Society. He is to be proposed for a second time, with CD seconding the proposal. Urges ARW to attend the ballot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  23 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 148: 272
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10322

To A. R. Wallace   28 December 1875

Summary

Is glad ARW will attend to vote for Lankester [at the Linnean Society].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  28 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, General Special Collections (DC AL 1/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10330

To A. R. Wallace   5 June 1876

Summary

Response to ARW’s "grand and memorable work" [Geographical distribution (1876)]. Most interesting part to CD is ARW’s "protest against sinking imaginary continents".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 June 1876
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10531

From A. R. Wallace   7 June 1876

Summary

Comments on CD’s criticism of Geographical distribution.

Plans to sell his house.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: B124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10535

To A. R. Wallace   17 June 1876

Summary

Further detailed comments on Geographical distribution.

Base treatment [of George Darwin] by Mivart in Quarterly Review [137 (1874): 40–77].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  17 June 1876
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10538

To A. R. Wallace   25 June 1876

Summary

Has finished Geographical distribution; sends his comments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  25 June 1876
Classmark:  British Library (Add 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10550

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1876

Summary

Responds to CD’s comments and criticism of Geographical distribution.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: B126–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10564

From A. R. Wallace   13 December 1876

Summary

Responds to CD’s new work [Cross and self-fertilisation]. Suggests results might have been more convincing if CD had measured weights instead of heights. The fact that infertile hybrids have not been produced means that the "one great objection" has not been got rid of: the physiological characteristic of species. Suggests an experiment to produce "sterile mongrels" which would remove objection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: B130–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10717

From A. R. Wallace   17 January 1877

Summary

Thanks for new edition of Orchids.

The remarkable papers of Mott on Ernst Haeckel ["On Haeckel’s history of creation", Proc. Lit. & Philos. Soc. Liverpool 31 (1876–7): 41–89].

The part played by carbon in geological changes.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B132–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10801

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers.

Further objections to "voluntary" sexual selection. Believes that he can explain all the phenomena of sexual ornaments and colours by laws of development aided by simple natural selection.

Excited by Thomas Belt’s "oceanic glacier river-damming" hypothesis. The last paper, "Glacial period in the Southern Hemisphere" in the Quarterly Journal of Science is particularly fine.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11067

To A. R. Wallace   31 August 1877

Summary

Response to Wallace’s article ["The colours of animals and plants", Macmillan’s Mag. (Sept 1877)] on sexual colours and "voluntary" sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  31 Aug 1877
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11121

From A. R. Wallace   3 September 1877

Summary

Sexual selection, he thinks, must be left to others to settle. "Conscious" will be substituted for "voluntary" selection. Sound- and scent-producing organs attributed to "natural", not "conscious", selection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11125

To A. R. Wallace   5 September [1877]

Summary

Further discussion of evidence for sexual selection. Prefers "conscious" to "voluntary" action. Distinguishes features that serve as charms and those that serve as challenges.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11127

From A. R. Wallace   14 September 1878

Summary

Requests support for his appointment as Superintendent of Epping Forest.

Working on a book [Australasia. Stanford’s compendium of geography and travel, edited and extended by A. R. Wallace (1879)].

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 106: B138–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11693

To A. R. Wallace   16 September 1878

Summary

Supports Epping Forest appointment.

Continues work on vegetable physiology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  16 Sept 1878
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11695

From A. R. Wallace   23 September 1878

Summary

Thanks for CD’s support for [Epping Forest] appointment. Doubts about the proposed management.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 106: B140–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11705

To A. R. Wallace   5 January 1880

Summary

Admiration of ARW’s ["The origin of species and genera", Nineteenth Century (Jan 1880)]. Good use of Allen’s "admirable researches".

Disappointment about the Epping Forest appointment.

Farrer’s article in Fortnightly Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434 ff. 286–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12401
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