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Letter 4722

Bonham-Carter, Alice to Darwin, Emma

21 Dec [1864]

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    Sends a translation by Mr Noel [not found] of C. B. von Cotta's views on CD's and Lyell's work.


Ravensbourne | Bromley S.E.

Dec. 21st.

Dear Mrs Darwin—

I have been hoping to call—(instead of which, I am going away) with a manuscript—a translation from an article written by (the German Professor of Geology) Cotta on Sir C. Lyell's & Mr Darwin's works—& the translator—Mr Noel thought that Mr Darwin might like to read what he, Cotta, says of his views—for he seems to appreciate & apply them most correctly— The remarks upon the ``Origin'' begin at Page 86 not taking up more than 11 of the MS. sheets—so that perhaps Mr Darwin would not find them too long to look at himself— in spite of corrections & want of corrections Mr Noel thought of sending it to the Natural History Review or of asking Mr Lubbock to give his opinion on it first— Will you be so good as to send it back here to Elinor when you have finished—as I shall be away for a week—& as Mr Noel would, for Prof. Cotta's sake, be glad to have it published as soon as possible—

Believe me very sincerely yrs Alice Bonham Carter

Elinor hopes to call on Thursday

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    f1 4722.f1
    The year is established by the reference to Cotta 1865 (see n. 2, below), which was published in the first half of April 1865 (Publishers' Circular 28: 200).
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    f2 4722.f2
    The reference is to Geology and history, by Carl Bernhard von Cotta (Cotta 1865). The book included a discussion of Charles Lyell's work on human ancestry (C. Lyell 1863a), and a favourable commentary on Origin (see Cotta 1865, pp. 54--8, 60--75).
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    f3 4722.f3
    Robert Ralph Noel. The translation was evidently made from a German manuscript; Cotta's book was not published in German.
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    f4 4722.f4
    The work did not appear in the Natural History Review, but was published in book form (Cotta 1865). A copy is in the Darwin Library--Down.
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    f5 4722.f5
    John Lubbock.
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    f6 4722.f6
    Elinor Mary Bonham-Carter was the sister of Alice Bonham-Carter.
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