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Record number: WCP4637

Sent by:
Alpheus Spring Packard
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
24 October 1890

Sent by Alpheus Spring Packard, Providence, Rhode Island, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset on 24 October 1890.

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26 July 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


Sending recent paper on Evolution of the tubercle, caterpillars etc. First read Wallace's "Naturalist in the Amazon" when a boy.

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LETTER (WCP4637.4951)

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

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Hope Entomological Library, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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ARW 233
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Providence, R.I.

Oct. 24 [18]90

My dear Dr Wallace:

I venture to send you a recently published paper on the Evolution of the tubercle, etc. of caterpillars, with the hope that it may interest you, though you may widely differ from me in my suggestions. While I give place and do not seem to wish to undervalue the very important position to be assigned to natural selection, is it not also now practicable to try to discover the causes of origin of structures, the views of Darwin & yourself as I understand them being based [[2]] on "the tendency to variations"? It seems to me that a modern form of Lamarckism, which in 1885 I called Neo-Lamarckism, may comprise a number of factors, which are concerned in the origin of structures, which after they arise, may be taken up, become still more modified and preserved by the factors comp[illeg] under the term "Natural Selection".

I hope, Dear Sir, your health is good and that you may continue to give to the world, more stimulating works. I first read your Naturalist in the Amazon when a boy.

Yours faithfully A.S. Packard. [signature]

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