Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark?s Crescent, Regent?s Park, NW to Adolf Bernard Meyer [none given] on 22 November 1869.
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Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: February 4, 2013
Scrutiny: 05/02/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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"The paper No. 9 ['on the law which has regulated the introduction of new species' A.N.H. 1855] should be read along with No. 19 ['on the tendency of varieties to depart indefinitely from the original type' P.L.S. 1858]. When I wrote it I was firmly convinced of the derivative origin of species, but had not arrived at an idea of the process. When I wrote No. 19 at Ternate [in the year 1858] I did not [know] what were Mr. Darwin's views or the nature of the work he was engaged on, except generally that it was on 'Variation.' I hit upon the idea of 'Natural Selection' (though I did not give it that name) while shivering under the cold fit of ague, and I was led to it by Malthus' views on population applied to animals. As soon as my ague fit was over I sat down, wrote out the article, copied it, and sent it off by the next post to Mr. Darwin. It was printed without my knowledge, and of course without any correction of proofs. I should, of course, like this act to be stated."1
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