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 onejust received. I am sorry I added the P.S. but I truly thought youwd. be very glad of a fair excuse for not writing to me.—f2
At p. 102 you speak of my dogmatic assertion “that it is a falsebelief” that natural species &c &c.—f3 It sounds very dogmatic,but as I have not hitherto been accused of dogmatism, I shd. be veryglad to alter the expression in any future edition.— I have huntedthrough the most likely places in the 5th Edit of Origin & in twochapters in Variation under Domestication,f4 & I find only the mostguarded expressions, resting chiefly on my failure to find Evidence ofsudden & great changes, & the admission that the conditions of lifemay have produced a considerable effect, especially in book onDomestic animals.— All this makes me very anxious to correct sopositive a statement, unaccompanied, as it appears in your book,with any softening expressions.— So pray oblige me & forgive me fortroubling you.—
I will not positively make any more remarks, & will only again thankyou for the very kind expressions in your note & remain
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin