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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Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: October 11, 2012
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To C. Darwin.) 5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W. Friday May 23rd. 1862
My dear Mr Darwin
Many thanks for your most interesting book on the Orchids1. I have read it through most attentively & have really have been quite as much staggered by the wonderful adaptions you shew[sic] to exist in them as by the Eye in animals or any other implicated 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 criticize 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 Owen2 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]
1. Refers to Darwin’s book Fertilisation of Orchids, published 1862
2. Richard Owen, biologist, lived 1804 – 1892
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