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Record number: WCP4890

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Lyell
9 February 1864

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Charles Lyell [none given] on 9 February 1864.

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16 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4890.5290)

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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5 Westbourne Grove Terrace,W.

Tuesday Feb. 9th 1864

My dear Sir

I have to thank you for your kind attention in sending me your appendix to 3rd Ed. of "Antiquity of Man" which is very interesting as giving the latest information on the subject.

I shall feel much honoured by your noticing any of my papers in your address at [Neares] Bath. I send you herewith a proof of my Geog. Paper, & also a pretty good abstract of my Ethnographical paper1 [[2]] and also a map to illustrate them, with the lines dividing the Ethnographical & Zoological Region marked on it. My main point is that the Races separated by the black line (of which the typical forms are Malays & Papuans) are distinct from any varieties of man, -- as distinct as African for American or [one word illegible] European from Mongol[?] and just as either of these great races may include widely distant forms (as Germans & Black Malaban races) so the great Polynesian race includes the Papuans & [one word illegible] (& perhaps even the Australians) as its sub races.

The approximation of the two dividing [[3]] lines I consider something more than accidental.

I also send a copy of a paper which tries to explain some of the difficulties & objections to this Zoological Division, -- especially shown in the distribution of insects.

When my paper is published at length I shall be happy to send you copies.

Please return the map when done with it.

Believe me yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Sir Charles Lyell1


1. "Sir Charles Lyell" is written in the bottom left hand corner of page 1.

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