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Record number: WCP4287

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Robert Darwin

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

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


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LETTER (WCP4287.4409)

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

Held by:
Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
MS Dar. 181: 7
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
05/12/2012 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine;

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I have only the 1st. Edition of the "Origin"-- I suppose the one you kindly sent to Singapore must have reached after I left & they did not think it worth while to return it. I should be much pleased to have the 3rd. Ed[itio]n.

I have never considered the Ostriches to have any real connection with Mammals, & should imagine1 [[2]] difficult [3 words excised] of anomalous semiaquatic animals which should easily admit of modification into these three forms.--

I find myself very delicate & dread the winter, as I have been suffering here from inflamation of the pleura, & bad cough through a little exposure to night air.

I remain | My dear Mr Darwin | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

C. Darwin Esq.


1. Page 2 has been torn in half meaning the letter does carry on from page 1 into page 2 fluidly.


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