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Alfred Wallace Autograph Letter Signed

Rare handwritten letter from Alfred Russel Wallace to Charles Darwin

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Rare handwritten letter from Alfred Russel Wallace to Charles Darwin

British naturalist, explorer, and biologist (1823-1913) best known for proposing a theory of natural selection which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own. ALS signed “Alfred R. Wallace,” one page, 4.5 x 7, November 24, 1881. Handwritten letter to Charles Darwin, "My dear Darwin," in full: "Godalming, or Frith Hill, Godalming, is quite sufficient address for a Railway parcel—but it is as well to put via Guildford as it is on another line. Many thanks for the trouble of sending the book. We are quite well & hope you are the same." In fine condition.

The last letter from Darwin to Wallace recorded by the University of Cambridge's Darwin Correspondence Project, dated November 23, 1881, passes on a spare copy of The Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, edited by Katharine M. Lyell. This unrecorded letter is evidently Wallace's reply.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021

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