Believes AG's pamphlet will do natural selection "right good service".
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray,
My Bankers told me that this was the only plan by which they could transmit
Tr¨ubner informs me that in Box there was no M.S. bundle for me, (ie S. Wright's Review). Tr. has written to Liverpool to enquire whether it could have been lost when Box was opened at Custom House.— I hope it is not lost.— Perhaps you addressed it to Williams & Norgate or to Prof. Huxley.—
My dear Gray | Yours most sincerely | Chas. Darwin
- f1 3073.f1Dated on the basis of an entry in CD's Account book (Down House MS) on 25 February 1861 recording the sum mentioned in the letter.
- f2 3073.f2The payment was CD's share of the cost of printing 250 copies of Gray's articles on Origin (A. Gray 1861a). See letter to Asa Gray, 17 February .
- f3 3073.f3See letter to T. H. Huxley, 17 February .
- f4 3073.f4The title of Gray's pamphlet was `Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology. A free examination of Darwin's treatise ``On the origin of species'', and of its American reviewers'. CD's lightly annotated copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f5 3073.f5A. Gray 1861a, p. 52 n. The footnote was a response to Francis Bowen's assertion, in Bowen 1861, that acquired habits were not heritable. Gray offered as support for CD's opposing views a long quotation from his own review of Origin in the American Journal of Science and Arts (A. Gray 1860b, pp. 165--8).
- f6 3073.f6CD refers to the manuscript of Chauncey Wright's review of Origin. Gray was sending it to CD to be forwarded to Thomas Henry Huxley for possible publication in the Natural History Review, published by Williams and Norgate. See letter to T. H. Huxley, 17 February .