Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Down, Bromley, Kent to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 6 April 1859.
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Transcription date: June 29, 2012
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Down Bromley Kent
April 6 /59
My dear Mr Wallace
I this morning received your pleasant & friendly note of Nov. 30th. The first part of my M.S is in Murray’s hands to see if he likes to publish it. There is no preface, but a short Introduction, which must be read by everyone, who reads my Book. The second Paragraph in the Introduction, I have had copied verbatim from my foul copy, & you will, I hope, think that I have fairly noticed your paper in Linn. Transacts--You must remember that I am now publishing [] only an Abstract & I give no references.-- I shall of course allude to your paper on Distribution; & I have added that I know from correspondence that your explanation of your law is the same as that which I offer.-- You are right, that I came to conclusion that Selection was the principle of change from study of domesticated productions; & then reading Malthus I saw at once how to apply this principle.-- Geographical Distrib.[ution] & Geological relations of extinct to recent inhabitants of S. America first led me to subject. Especially case of Galapagos Isl[an]ds.--
I hope to go to press in early [] part of next month.-- It will be small volume of about 500 pages or so.-- I will of course send you a copy. I forget whether I told you that Hooker, who is our best British Botanist & perhaps best in World, is a full convert, & is now going immediately to publish his confession of Faith; & I expect daily to see the proof-sheets.-- Huxley is changed & believes in mutation of species: whether a convert to us, I do not quite know.-- We shall live to see all the younger men converts. My neighbour & excellent naturalist J. Lubbock is enthusiastic convert.
I see by Nat. Hist notices that you are doing great work in the Archipelago; [] & most heartily do I sympathise with you. For God sake take care of your health. There have been few such noble labourers in the cause of Natural Science as you are.
Farewell, | with every good wish | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin [signature]
You cannot tell how I admire your spirit, in the manner in which you have taken all that was done about publishing our papers. I had actually written a letter to you, stating that I would not publish anything before you did had published. I had not sent that letter to the Post, when I received one from Lyell & Hooker, urging me to send some M.S. to them, & allow them to act as they thought fair & honourably to both of us. & I did so.--
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