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Record number: WCP4095

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Robert Darwin
23 May 1862

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Charles Robert Darwin [none given] on 23 May 1862.

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


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LETTER (WCP4095.4042)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
MS Dar. 106: B2-3
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
05/12/2012 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine;

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5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W.

Friday May 23rd. 1862

My dear Mr. Darwin

Many thanks for your most interesting book on the Orchids. I have read it through most attentively & have really have been quite as much staggered by the wonderful adaptations you shew[sic] to exist in them as by the Eye in animals or any other complicated organs.. I long to get into the country & have a look at [[2]] some Orchids guided by your new lights--, but I have been now for 10 days confined to my room with what is disagreeable though far from dangerous;--boils.

I have been reading several of the Reviews on the "Origin", & it seems to me that you have assisted those who want to criticise you by your overstating the difficulties & objections-- Several of them quote your own words as the strongest arguments against you.

[[3]] I think you told me Owen wrote the article in the "Quarterly". This seems to me hardly credible as he speaks so much of Owen quotes him as such a great authority & I believe even calls him a profound philosopher. &c. &c.. Would Owen thus speak of himself?

Trusting your health is good | I remain My dear Mr. Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

C. Darwin Esq.


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