Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Ternate, Moluccas to Joseph Dalton Hooker [none given] on 6 October 1858.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
This letter was enclosed in a letter to Charles Darwin to be forwarded to Joseph Dalton Hooker to the Darwin Correspondence Project.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Beccaloni, George
Transcription date: October 11, 2012
Scrutiny: 17/10/2012 - Beccaloni, George; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Oct[ober]. 6. 1858
My dear Sir
I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of July last, sent me by Mr. Darwin, & informing me of the steps you had taken with reference to a paper I had communicated to that gentleman. Allow me in the first place sincerely to thank yourself & Sir Charles Lyell for your kind offices on this occasion, & to assure you of the gratification afforded me both by the course you have pursued, & the favourable opinions of my essay which you have so kindly expressed. I cannot but consider myself a favoured party in this matter, because it has hitherto been too much the practice in cases of this sort to impute all the merit to the [] first discoverer of a new fact or a new theory, & little or none to any other party who may, quite independently, have arrived at the same result a few years or a few hours later.
I also look upon it as a most fortunate circumstance that I had a short time ago commenced a correspondence with Mr. Darwin on the subject of "Varieties", since it has led to the earlier publication of a portion of his researches & has secured to him a claim to priority which an independent publication either by myself or some other party might have injuriously affected;--for it is evident that the time has now arrived when these & similar views will [the former word replaces a deleted and illeg. word] be promulgated & must be fairly discussed.
It would have caused me much [] pain & regret had Mr. Darwin’s excess of generosity led him to make public my paper unaccompanied by his own much earlier & I doubt not much more complete views on the same subject, & I must again thank you for the course you have adopted, which while strictly just to both parties, is so favourable to myself.
Being on the eve of a fresh journey I can now add no more than to thank you for your kind advice as to a speedy return to England;-- but I dare say you well know & feel, that to induce a Naturalist to quit his researches at their most interesting point requires some more cogent argument than the prospective loss of health.
I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
J. D. Hooker, M.D.1
[]2 Jos[eph]. D[alton]. Hooker, M.D. F.R.S.
1. Hooker, Joseph Dalton (1817 - 1911). English botanist and 2nd Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
2. The text on this page is written in the centre of the page, which is otherwise blank.
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