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Record number: WCP4080

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Robert Darwin
? 27 September 1857

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [none given] to Charles Robert Darwin [none given] on ?27 September 1857.

Record created:
08 March 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
05/12/2012 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP4080.4027)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English.

Held by:
Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
MS Dar. 47: 145
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
05/12/2012 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine;

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-- of May last, that my views on the order of succession of species were in accordance with your own, for I had begun to be a little disappointed that my paper had neither excited discussion nor even elicited opposition. The mere statement & illustration of the theory in that paper is of course but preliminary to an attempt at a detailed proof of it, the plan of which I have arranged, & in part written, but which of course requires much [research in British] libraries & collections, a labour which I look [missing text of unknown length]

[[2]] With regard to the black Jaguars always breeding inter se, it is of course a point not capable of proof, but the black & the spotted animals are generally confined to separate localities, & among the hundreds & thousands of the skins which are articles of commerce I have never heard of a particoloured one having occurred. I think there is a difference of form the black being the more slender & graceful animal.2


1. This fragment of a letter from Alfred Russel Wallace to Charles Darwin has been dated 27 Sept 1857.

2. A note in Charles Darwin’s hand has been written at the end of the fragment, "Alfred R Wallace Letter Sept. 1857.)


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