A new theory to explain the receipt of Wallace's Ternate Essay by Darwin in 1858

@article{Wyhe2012ANT,
  title={A new theory to explain the receipt of Wallace's Ternate Essay by Darwin in 1858},
  author={John van Wyhe and Kees Rookmaaker},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  year={2012},
  volume={105},
  pages={249-252}
}
In early 1858, when he was in the Moluccas, Wallace drafted an essay to explain evolution by natural selection and posted it to Darwin. For many years it was believed that the Ternate essay left the island in March on the monthly mail steamer, and arrived at Down House on 18 June 1858. Darwin immediately wrote to Lyell, as requested by Wallace, forwarding the essay. This sequence was cast in doubt after the discovery of a letter written by Wallace to Bates leaving on the same steamer with… 
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