Thanks FG for comments [on Origin].
Acknowledges error involving rhinoceros.
Thinks female fowls select victorious or most beautiful cock.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Galton
Your letter addressed to Ilkley reached me only this morning. I must thank you sincerely for the pleasure which you have given me. Oddly enough your words are nearly the same as those used my Brother: I have received some very highly coloured compliments on my book, but none which have given me more pleasure than what you & my Brother have said.—
Your correction about the Rhinoceros is an important one (but too late for the Reprint) & shall be attended to: I rashly assumed (having made enquiries about the Elephant in India) that the Rhinoceros would be quite safe.—
Thank you for the other notes: till I compare all my notes, I feel very doubtful about the share males & females play in sexual selection; I suspect that the male will pair with any female, & that the females select the victorious or most beautiful cock, or him with beauty & courage combined.—
Several persons have been baulked about the ants: they do not notice that the Latin names change; but I have tried to make it clearer.—
Again let me thank you sincerely for your very kind note & with our kind
remembrances to M
Galton, pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 2581.f1Letter from Francis Galton, 9 December 1859.
- f2 2581.f2For Erasmus Alvey Darwin's comments, see letter from E. A. Darwin, 23 November .
- f3 2581.f3Sexual selection was discussed in Origin, pp. 87–90. Galton's notes were presumably in the section of the letter from Francis Galton, 9 December 1859, that is now missing.
- f4 2581.f4See letter from E. A. Darwin, 23 November .
- f5 2581.f5Louisa Jane Galton.