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To A. R. Wallace   22 March [1869]

Summary

Comments on Wallace’s Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  22 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6677

To A. R. Wallace   27 March [1869]

Summary

Hopes ARW has not "murdered too completely your own and my child" [natural selection] in his Quarterly Review article ["Sir Charles Lyell on geological climates and the Origin", 126 (1869): 359–94] on Lyell’s Principles [10th ed.].

CD is attributing more significance to useless variability in new [5th] edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  27 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6684

To A. R. Wallace   14 April 1869

Summary

ARW’s review of 10th ed. of Lyell’s Principles [see 6684] is admirable.

But he differs "grievously" with ARW on man. CD sees no necessity for an additional and proximate cause.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  14 Apr 1869
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 181–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6706

To A. R. Wallace   25 June [1869]

Summary

On butterfly scales: there are many secondary characters which baffle conjecture.

Was forced to make additions to Origin as short as possible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  25 June [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 186–7); Natural History Museum (Entomology Manuscripts MSS WAL A 1:1 (127-128))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6802

To A. R. Wallace   21 October 1869

Summary

Anticipates that all their differences are fated to find expression in projected book on man.

Offers his early MS with useful references related to the distribution of animals. Hopes ARW’s book will not be "little".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  21 Oct 1869
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 189–90); Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6951

To A. R. Wallace   5 December [1869]

Summary

Further comments on arrangements for German translation of their joint paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 194–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7020

To A. R. Wallace   22 January [1869]

Summary

Response to letter about dedication of Malay Archipelago and several scientific papers.

Changes in 5th ed. of Origin.

Now feels individual differences of paramount importance. Fleeming Jenkin has convinced him about "single variations".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  22 Jan [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library Board (Add MS 46434: 165–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6567

To A. R. Wallace   2 February [1869]

Summary

CD expressed himself badly. F. Jenkin’s argument was against single variations ever being perpetuated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  2 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library Board (Add MS 46434: 168–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6591

To A. R. Wallace   5 March [1869]

Summary

Reception of ARW’s book, Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6642

From Alfred Russel Wallace   20 January 1869

Summary

Dedication of Malay Archipelago to CD.

Comments on scientific papers.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 106: B73–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6561

From A. R. Wallace   30 January 1869

Summary

Argues that [general variability] of species, not single variations or sports, is basis for modification and adaptation to new conditions.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 106: B75–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6583

From A. R. Wallace   10 March 1869

Summary

Weir’s paper on relation of protection to colour of caterpillars [Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1869): 21–6; (1870): 337–9] confirms ARW’s hypothesis.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 106: B77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6651

From A. R. Wallace   24 March 1869

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Summary

Comments on Fritz Müller’s book [Facts and arguments for Darwin].

Responds to CD’s corrections of his work [Malay Archipelago].

Plumage of birds of paradise.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 112–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6681

From A. R. Wallace   18 April [1869]

Summary

Expands upon their differences in regard to man and the question of the existence of forces not yet recognised by science.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6703

From A. R. Wallace   23 June [1869]

Summary

Asks whether sexual selection could produce the changing plumules or "battledore" scales on the wings of certain butterflies.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 June [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6797

From A. R. Wallace   20 October 1869

Summary

Looks forward to Descent, though he expects to find more to differ with than in any other of CD’s books.

Problems of usefulness of incipient organs and of the independent origin of similar complex organs are real difficulties.

Plans a little book on "Distribution of animals".

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 106: B86–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6949

From A. R. Wallace   4 December [1869]

Summary

Inquires about arrangements for the German translation and publication of their original Linnean Society papers [Collected papers 2: 3–19].

ARW thinks he has hit upon a solution to problem of geological time.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B88–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7019
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