Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Charles Robert Darwin [none given] on 23 May 1862.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: July 2, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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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 [] 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.
[] 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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