WCP1845

Letter (WCP1845.1735)

[1]

Down.

Bromley.

Kent. S.E.

Mar 7 [1867]1 2

My dear Wallace

The addresses which you have sent me are capital, especially that to the Rajah3; & I have despatched two sets of queries. I now enclose a copy to you & sh[oul]d be very glad of any answers; you must not suppose the P.S. about memory has lately been inserted; please return these queries as it is my standard copy. The subject is a curious one, I fancy I shall make a rather [2] interesting appendix to my Essay on Man.

I fully admit the probability of "protective adaptation" having come into play with female butterflies as well as with female birds. I have a good many facts which make me believe in sexual selection as applied to man, but whether I shall convince any one else is very doubtful.

Dear Wallace | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin [signature]

The year of 1867 is established by the Darwin Correspondence Project see DCP LETT 5992.
An annotation in a later hand adds "? 1860" to the top right-hand corner of the page.
Brooke, Charles Anthoni Johnson ("Charley") (1829-1917). The Second White Rajah of Sarawak and nephew of James Brooke.

Published letter (WCP1845.5928)

[1] [p. 140]

LETTER VII

C. DARWIN TO A. R. VVALLACE

Down, Bromley, Kent, S.E. March 7, 1860.

My dear Wallace,— The addresses which you have sent me are capital, especially that to the Rajah; and I have dispatched two sets of queries. I now enclose a copy to you, and should be very glad of any answers; you must not suppose the P.S. about memory has lately been inserted; please return these queries, as it is my standard copy. The subject is a curious one; I fancy I shall make a rather interesting appendix to my Essay on Man.

I fully admit the probability of "protective adaptation" having come into play with female butterflies as well as with female birds. I have a good many facts which [2] make me believe in sexual selection as applied to man, but Whether I shall convince anyone else is very doubtful. — Dear Wallace, yours very sincerely, CH DARWIN.

Published letter (WCP1845.6894)

[1] [p. 230]

DOWN, BROMLEY KENT.

Mar. 7. (1867?)

MY DEAR WALLACE

The addresses which you have sent me are capital, especially that to the Rajah ; and I have despatched two sets of queries. I now enclose a copy to you and should be very glad of any answers; you must not suppose the P.S. about memory has lately been inserted; please return these queries as it is my standard copy. The subject is a curious one, I fancy I shall make a rather interesting appendix to my Essay on Man.

I fully admit the: probability of "protective adaptation" having come into play with female butterflies as well as [2] [p. 231] with female birds. I have a good many facts which make me believe in sexual selection as applied to man, but whether I shall convince any one else is very doubtful.

Dear Wallace, | Yours very sincerely, | CH. DARWIN.

Please cite as “WCP1845,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 15 July 2024, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP1845