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Letter 6464

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

17 Nov 1868

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    Thanks AG for Animaux fossiles et géologie de l'Attique [1862–7]. Refers to Lyell's quotation from AG as "one of the most striking I have ever read on the affiliation of Species".

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

Nov 17. 1868

Dear Sir

On my return home after a short absence I found your note of Nov. 9 & your magnificent work on the fossil animals of Attica. I assure you that I feel very grateful for your generosity & for the honour which you have thus conferred on me. I know well, from what I have already read of extracts, that I shall find your work a perfect mine of wealth.

One long passage which Sir C. Lyell quotes from you in the 10th & last edition of the Principles of Geology, is one of the most striking which I have ever read, on the affiliation of species.

With the most sincere respect & gratitude pray believe me | dear Sir | your truly obliged | Charles Darwin

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    f1 6464.f1
    CD was in London from 7 to 16 November 1868 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)). CD refers to Gaudry 1862--7. See letter from Albert Gaudry, 9 November 1868 and n. 3.
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    Gaudry had already sent CD an offprint of part of the work (Gaudry 1866; see letter from Albert Gaudry, 9 November 1868 and n. 3).
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    CD refers to Charles Lyell and to Lyell 1867--8, 2: 481--4; the section is annotated in CD's copy (see Marginalia 1: 543--4).
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