Transcription (WCP7215.8395)


Sketch of Mr. Darwin's "Natural Selection"

Chap[ter]. I. On variation of animals & plants under domestication, treated generally.
,, II. d[itt]o. d[itt]o. treated specially,- external & internal structure of Pigeons & history of changes in them.
,, III. On interc[r]ossing,- principally founded on original observations on plants.
,, IV. Varieties under Nature.
,, V. Struggle for existence, Malthusian doctrine; rate of increase,-checks to increase &c.
,, VI. "Natural Selection" manner of its working
,, VII. Laws of variation. Use & disuse reversion to ancestral types &c. &c
,, VIII. Difficulties in theory. Gradation of characters
,, IX. Hybridity.
,, X. Instinct.
,, XI. Palaeontology & Geology.
,, XII. and XIII. Geog[raphical]. distribution.
,, XIV. Classification, Affinities[,] Embryology.
This list of the chapters for Charles Darwin's manuscript book "Natural Selection" is thought to have been sent to ARW in the autumn of 1858 in a lost letter (Costa, J. T. 2013. On the Organic Law of Change: a Facsimile Edition and Annotated Transcription of Alfred Russel Wallace’s Species Notebook of 1855-1859. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.). It was transcribed by ARW in his "Species Notebook" (WCP5800).

Please cite as “WCP7215,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 4 June 2023, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP7215