WCP1963

Letter (WCP1963.4101)

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The Dell, Grays, Essex.

Dec[embe]r. 6th. 1874

Dear Darwin

Many thanks for your kindness in sending me a copy of your new Edition of the "Descent". I see you have made a whole host of additions & corrections which I shall [letter deleted] have great pleasure in reading over as soon as I have got rid of my horrid book on Geog[raphical] Dist[ributio]n which is almost driving me mad with the amount of drudgery required and the often unsatisfactory nature of the result. However, I must finish with it soon, or all [2] the part first done will have to be done over again every new book, either as a monograph, or a classification, putting everything wrong (for me).

Hoping you are in good health & able to go on with your favourite work

I remain| Yours very sincerely| Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Charles Darwin Esq.

Transcription (WCP1963.1853)

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To C.Darwin.) The Dell, Grays, Essex. Dec.8th.[?] 1874

Dear Darwin Many thanks for your kindness in sending me you a copy of your new Edition of the "Descent".2 I see you have made a whole host of additions & corrections which I shall have great pleasure in reading over as soon as I have get rid of my horrid book on Geog. Dist'n3 which is almost driving me mad with the amount of drudgery required and the often unsatisfactory nature of the result. However I must finish with it soon, or all the part first done will have to be done over again, every new book either as a monograph, or a classification, putting everything wrong (for me.)

Hoping you are in good health & able to go on with your favourite work

I remain Yours very sincerely Alfred R. Wallace

Page is numbered (1) at top centre, and subsequently struck out in pencil.
Darwin, C.R. (1874) 'The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex' 2nd Edition. London, UK: John Brown
Wallace, A. R. (1876) 'The geographical distribution of animals; with a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the Earth's surface.' London, UK: Macmillan and Co.

Transcription (WCP1963.4483)

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To C.Darwin.) The Dell, Grays Essex. Dec. 6th.1874

Dear Darwin

Many thanks for your kindness in sending me you a copy of your new Edition of the "Descent". I see you have made a whole host of additions & corrections which I shall have great pleasure in reading over as soon as I have got rid of my horrid book on Geog[raphical] Dist[ributio]n which is almost driving me mad with the amount of drudgery required and the often unsatisfactory nature of the result. However I must finish with it soon, or all the part first done will have to be done over again, every new book either as a monograph, or a classification, putting everything wrong (for me.)

Hoping you are in good health & able to go on with your favourite work

I remain | Yours very sincerely. | Alfred R.Wallace [signature]

Published letter (WCP1963.6061)

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The Dell, Grays, Essex. December 6, 1874.

Dear Darwin, — Many thanks for your kindness in sending me a copy of your new edition of the "Descent"1 I see you have made a whole host of additions and corrections which I shall have great pleasure in reading over as soon as I have got rid of my horrid book on Geographical Distribution,2 which is almost driving me mad with the amount of drudgery required and the often unsatisfactory nature of the result. However, I must finish with it soon, or all the part first done will have to be done over again, every new book, either as a monograph, or a classification, putting everything wrong (for me).

Hoping you are in good health and able to go on with your favourite work, I remain yours very sincerely, | ALFRED R. WALLACE.

Darwin, C.R. (1874) 'The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex' 2nd Edition (London, UK: John Murray)
Wallace, A. R. 1876. 'The geographical distribution of animals; with a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the Earth's surface.' 2 vols. London, UK: Macmillan & Co.

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