Acknowledges StGJM's kind letter. [See 7451.]
Offers to alter the "dogmatic assertion" referred to on page 102 [of StGJM's On the genesis of species] but in 5th ed. of Origin and in Variation CD finds only qualified expressions.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Our letters have crossed. I am very much obliged for the kind one just received. I am sorry I added the P.S. but I truly thought you w
At p. 102 you speak of my dogmatic assertion ``that it is a false belief'' that natural species &c &c.— It sounds very dogmatic, but as I have not hitherto been accused of dogmatism, I sh
I will not positively make any more remarks, & will only again thank you for the very kind expressions in your note & remain
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 7453a.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from St G. J. Mivart, 22 January 1871.
- f2 7453a.f2CD refers to the letter from St G. J. Mivart, 22 January 1871. His first letter to Mivart of 23 January 1871 has not been found, but see the draft letter to St G. J. Mivart, [23 January 1871], and the letter from St G. J. Mivart, 24 January 1871.
- f3 7453a.f3In Mivart 1871a, p. 102, Mivart wrote, `Now, considering the number of instances adduced of sudden modifications in domestic animals, it is somewhat startling to meet with Mr. Darwin's dogmatic assertion that it is ``a false belief'' that natural species have often originated in the same abrupt manner.' See also letter to Francis Darwin, [after 21 January 1871] and n. 2, which relates to a similar claim by Mivart.
- f4 7453a.f4CD refers to Origin 5th ed. and Variation.