Thanks CD for the Origin. WW is not yet a convert but there is so much "of thought and of fact" in what CD has written that "it is not to be contradicted without careful selection of the ground and manner of the dissent".
Jan. 2. 1860
My dear M
I have to thank you for a copy of your book on the `Origin of Species'. You will easily believe that it has interested me very much, and probably you will not be surprized to be told that I cannot, yet at least, become a convert to your doctrines. But there is so much of thought and of fact in what you have written that it is not to be contradicted without careful selection of the ground and manner of the dissent, which I have not now time for. I must therefore content myself with thanking you for your kindness
believe me | Yours very truly | W Whewell
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 2634.f1CD had sent Whewell a copy of the first edition of Origin (see Appendix III).
- f2 2634.f2CD had known Whewell since he was an undergraduate at Cambridge University. See Autobiography, p. 66, and Correspondence vol. 2.