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Letter 2665A

Darwin, C. R. to Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Isidore

28 Jan [1860]

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    The pamphlet on the origin or variation of species sent by IGS-H has not arrived. CD is eager to see it and requests precise reference. ["Cours de zoologie (mammifères et oiseaux), fait au Muséum d'histoire naturelle, en 1850", Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée 2d ser. 3: 12–20.]


Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 28


I beg pardon for troubling you again. The pamphlet on the origin or variation of species, which you kindly said you had sent me has never arrived & I fear is lost. In your letter you say it was published in the Magasin de Zoologie; but your reference is defaced by a blot. It seems like 1850, but I can find nothing; would you be so good as to give me the volume year & page of the Magasin, for I am very anxious to see the paper. To save you as much trouble as possible I enclose an envelope.—  

With may apologies for troubling you & with much respect, I remain | Dear Sir | Your obliged servant | Charles Darwin

Perhaps your paper was printed in the Revue de Zoologies: I searched many volumes in vain.—

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    f1 2665a.f1
    Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire's letter has not been found. CD referred to it in the letter to Charles Lyell, 14 January [1860].
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    CD refers to I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1851, published in the Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliqu´ee. The article contains a section entitled `R´esum´e des lecons sur la question de l'esp`ece', in which Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire stated his belief that species are subject to limited variability (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1851, pp. 15--20). There is a lightly annotated copy of the work in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL. CD cited the article in the `historical preface' added to the revised American edition of Origin (see Appendix IV), to the German translation (Bronn trans. 1860), and to the third English edition (1861).
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