Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
The Dell, Grays, Essex
I will send your MS to the Secretary of the Linnean Society with my recommendation, and I have no doubt it will be received, read and printed but not for some time as the session is now over till November. It cannot therefore come on for reading till about December and would be printed in about March. . . .
Could you not prepare a map to illustrate it? In case you should not like to wait so long for its publication I will not send it for a week or two, as there is no hurry, and if you are likely to be in England again in the beginning of next year it would be better for you to read it yourself or be present, as there would be sure to be a discussion.
[[p. 403]] Alfred Russell Wallace to J. T. G.:
I sent your paper to the Linnean Society, as requested by you, . . . and it will now, I suppose, be referred to the Publication Committee. I am very much afraid they will not publish it on account of its very great length. . . . I must say I do not understand your paper, and find much in it with which I wholly disagree, and I cannot but think you could put your main points in much fewer words. It seems to me now so elaborate and hard to understand, and so purely speculative, that few persons will take the trouble to find out what you really mean. Excuse my plainness, but my opinion might not be that of others,--still, I wish to let you know what may happen. . . .
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