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Record number: WCP4870

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Lyell
22 April 1863

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Charles Lyell [none given] on 22 April 1863.

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15 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4870.5271)

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

Held by:
American Philosophical Society
Finding number:
The Darwin-Lyell Collection
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] 4081

5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W

April 22nd. 1863

My dear Sir,

I beg to thank you very much for the copy of the 2nd. Ed[dition]. of your work on the "Antiquity of Man2".

I have been highly delighted & instructed by its perusal, & consider that, independently of its special object, such a clear & connected view of Post-tertiary Geology as you have now given us was a great desideratum


Sir Charles Lyell3

[[2]] to our scientific literature.

A work which has been so widely read & so generally admired needs no praise from me. I may mention however that the chapter on "Languages & species" seems to me preeminently admirable, and has enabled many persons to understand the theory of the origin of species better than any thing[sic] that has yet been written.

I have to thank you for introducing my name in connexion with that of Mr Darwin which I shall always consider an honour.

[[3]] I was very sorry of reading Dr Falconer’s4 letter in the Athenæum which seemed to me quite uncalled for; -- & I think the general impression a very impartial reader of your book, must have been, that you had endeavoured to do full justice to all parties whose reservation you had occasion to mention.

I remain My dear Sir | Your very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. This catalogue / page number appears centred at the top of the page.

2. Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man. The second edition published April 1863 by John Murray, London

3. As the addressee of the letter, Sir Charles Lyell’s name has been written by Wallace at the bottom of the page.

4. Hugh Falconer (1808 - 1865). Scottish geologist, botanist, palaeontolgist and paleoanthropologist.

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