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To A. R. Wallace   31 August 1877

Summary

Response to Wallace’s article ["The colours of animals and plants", Macmillan’s Mag. (Sept 1877)] on sexual colours and "voluntary" sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  31 Aug 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11121

To A. R. Wallace   5 September [1877]

Summary

Further discussion of evidence for sexual selection. Prefers "conscious" to "voluntary" action. Distinguishes features that serve as charms and those that serve as challenges.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11127

From A. R. Wallace   17 January 1877

Summary

Thanks for new edition of Orchids.

The remarkable papers of Mott on Ernst Haeckel ["On Haeckel’s history of creation", Proc. Lit. & Philos. Soc. Liverpool 31 (1876–7): 41–89].

The part played by carbon in geological changes.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B132–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10801

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers.

Further objections to "voluntary" sexual selection. Believes that he can explain all the phenomena of sexual ornaments and colours by laws of development aided by simple natural selection.

Excited by Thomas Belt’s "oceanic glacier river-damming" hypothesis. The last paper, "Glacial period in the Southern Hemisphere" in the Quarterly Journal of Science is particularly fine.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11067

From A. R. Wallace   3 September 1877

Summary

Sexual selection, he thinks, must be left to others to settle. "Conscious" will be substituted for "voluntary" selection. Sound- and scent-producing organs attributed to "natural", not "conscious", selection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11125
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