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From A. R. Wallace   24 February [1867]

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Protective role of colours in caterpillars and butterflies. Sexual differences in colours of butterflies.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A19–21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5416

From A. R. Wallace   11 March [1867]

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ARW responds to CD’s list of queries about expression. Suggests acquiring informants through publishing the queries in newspapers. His doubts about their importance.

Has submitted caterpillar question to Entomological Society.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B24, B45; DAR 82: A22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5437

From A. R. Wallace   26 April [1867]

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Describes his view on colour [of plumage] of males and females – i.e., that absence of brilliant colour in either sex is due to need for protection in incubation, rather than to sexual selection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 32–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5515

From A. R. Wallace   1 May 1867

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Never imagined that the facts about sexual selection could be new to CD. Thought fact that brightly coloured females build concealed nests and almost all those in which sexes differ remarkably build exposed nests might be new to him. Some problems remain. Sends his notes for CD to use if he wants.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5522

From A. R. Wallace   [19 June 1867]

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CD is invited to see ARW’s collections at Bayswater.

ARW has written an answer to the Duke of Argyll and North British Review criticisms.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 June 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5634

From A. R. Wallace   1 October [1867]

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Informs CD of his reply to Argyll and the North British Review criticisms [in "Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. Cites "the predicted Madagascar moth" and Angraecum sesquipedale.

Birth of Herbert Spencer Wallace.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B43–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5637

From A. R. Wallace   22 October [1867]

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Response to CD’s comments on "Creation by law" [see 5637].

The limits of variation discussed.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B46–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5656

From A. R. Wallace   2 March [1867]

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Pleased that CD approves his idea about caterpillars.

Thinks CD is right about selection in butterflies, but still believes protective adaptation has kept down colours of females.

Cannot yet see action of natural selection in forming the races of man.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 85: A98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5968
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