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Sent by:
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
3 August [1872]

Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Down House, Beckenham, Kent, S.E. to Alfred Russel Wallace, [The Dell, Grays, Essex] on 3 August [1872].

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27 July 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
02/01/2013 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine (All except summary checked);


Encloses a letter to Nature correcting Dr Bree, who has accused ARW of "blundering". [summary by the DCP].

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LETTER (WCP4645.4961)

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

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Copyright owner:
©William H. Darwin
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02/01/2013 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine;

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Beckenham, Kent.

3 August [1872]

My dear Wallace

I hate controversy, chiefly perhaps because I do it badly; but as Dr Bree accuses you of "blundering", I have thought myself bound to send the enclosed letter to Nature; that is if you in the least desire it. In this case please post it.-- If you do not at all wish it, I sh[oul]d rather prefer not sending it, & in this case please to tear it up--

And I beg you to do the same, if you intend answering Dr Bree yourself, as you will do it incomparably better than I sh[oul]d--

Also please to tear it up if you don't like the letter.

My dear Wallace | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin. [signature]


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