Darwin compliments Wallace's papers published in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London and in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society on geographical distribution in the Malay Archipelago.
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Transcription date: June 11, 2015
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My dear Hooker
I write again chiefly to tell Oliver not to trouble himself to inform me on Hildebrand's paper in Bot. Zeitung on Pulmonaria; as author has sent me a copy. -- Secondly to tell you not to come here, if you had thought of it, on Feb[ruary]. 25th, as we shall have visitors & this would spoil for me your [] visit. -- Any other Saturday, when you can spare time w[oul]d suit us. --
Can you give me any notion what to subscribe for poor dear Falconer's bust: would 5 guineas be too much or not enough? --
I meant to have shown you a paper by Heer, -- an address to some Helvetic [] Soc[iety]: -- in which he discusses alpine & artic Floras -- he does not allude to your paper, but considers Scandinavia as parent source, from being oldest mountain range --
Wallace has published some splendid papers in Proc. Zoolog. Soc. & Geograph. Journal on distribution in Malay Arch[ipelago]. --
I am ready & skimming through Lyell's new Edit. of [] Elements: it is an astonishing monument of labour, knowledge & clear thought. What a wonderful man he is. -- I wish some one w[oul]d concentrate similar knowledge & labour on a work on the whole science of Botany, excluding of course systematic Botany. I do believe a work of great interest c[oul]d. be made. There is a redundance of elementary Treatises: but a summary of knowledge seems to me much wanted. --
Yours affect[ionally] | C. Darwin [signature]
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