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Letter 5554

Darwin, C. R. to Gaudry, A. J.

27 May [1867]

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    Is much obliged for AG's two memoirs ["Mémoire sur le reptile découvert par M. Frossard", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 3 (1867): 21–40; Bull. Soc. Géol. France 2d ser. 24 (1867): 397–400].

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    All "inosculating forms" are very interesting to CD.

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    Agrees with AG on the importance of attempts to affiliate extinct and existing species.

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    Will send French edition of Variation when published.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 27

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind letter, & for the present of your two memoirs. The one in the Bulletin I shd have naturally seen, but perhaps not that one in the Archives.

I have been very glad to read this latter paper, as all inosculating forms are very interesting to me. I quite agree with what you say on the extreme interest of attempting to affiliate extinct & existing Species.

With your great knowledge you will no doubt produce some valuable results, & I feel well convinced that in the course of time the most interesting genealogical tables will be constructed. I am aware that there are very few naturalists in France who at all concur with our views & therefore I presume you will meet with much opposition.

I am at present printing a book ``on the variation of animals & plants under domestication''; which will I believe be translated into French, & in this case I will direct the publisher to send you a copy, though I do not suppose it will possess much interest for you. I am much obliged for yr kind wish to see me in Paris; I shd much enjoy this but the state of my health renders it impossible.—

With very sincere respect | I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin

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    f1 5554.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Albert Gaudry, 22 May 1867.
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    f2 5554.f2
    Gaudry had sent an offprint from the Nouvelles Archives du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle of his `Mémoire sur le reptile (Pleuracanthus Frossardi) découvert par M. Frossard à Muse' (Gaudry 1867a); see letter from Albert Gaudry, 22 May 1867. The other paper has not been found in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL. Gaudry published a note on the fossil reptile in the Bulletin de la Société Geologique de France in 1867 (Gaudry 1867b).
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    See letter from Albert Gaudry, 22 May 1867 and n. 4. Inosculate: `to pass into; to join or unite so as to become continuous; to blend' (OED). See also Correspondence vol. 1, letter to J. S. Henslow, [c. 26 October--] 24 November [1832] and n. 8.
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    f4 5554.f4
    On the reception of CD's theory in France, see Stebbins 1988 and J. Harvey 1997. See also letter from Camille Dareste, 19 May 1867 and n. 8.
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    CD refers to Variation. A translation by Jean Jacques Moulinié appeared in 1868 (Moulinié trans. 1868); Gaudry thanked CD for his copy in a letter to CD of 11 April 1868 (Correspondence vol. 16).
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