Letter (WCP4471.4779)


Pen-y-bryn, St. Peter’s Road Croydon.

Decr. 27th. 1880

Dear Mr. Meldola

Your arrangement will suit me very well indeed. The most convenient train for me is due at London Bridge at 5.3. & allowing for possible lateness, & getting across, the 5.35 from Liverpool Street seems the earliest I can get, reaching Buckhurst Hill at 5.59 — This however does not seem to stop at Stratford. There may be alterations in the trains however, but this will be the nearest I can say now.

To save further writing will [2]1 you be so good as to inform Mr Cole that I have a map about 7ft long by 4 ½ feet high to be hung up[.] It is in two long strips & will want either pinning to a curtain or tacking to a board. If he arranges for this beforehand it can be put up in a few minutes. I shall also want a reading lamp with an opaque shade to throw the light on my notes as without this I cannot see them.

I am glad you like my "Climate" theory. I cannot myself yet see any flaw in it, but it is so complex a question that few people will take the trouble to understand it. If I have [3]2 really hit upon the true solution of this great puzzle it will I think be the best thing I have done yet. Like most of my other theories it came upon me while writing, for when I began my book I had no notion of how to treat it; I only felt there was a great hitch somewhere in Croll’s theory. Poor Croll, by-the-bye, is very ill with incipient paralysis, & has not yet been able to give me his views on my book which I sent him.

Yours very truly| Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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Please cite as “WCP4471,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 1 March 2024, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP4471