Thanks AD for his article in Das Ausland ["Englische Kritiker und Anti-Kritiker über den Darwinismus", 49 (1871): 1153–7].
Mivart’s book [Genesis of species], which misinterprets CD’s views, has produced a great effect in England.
He has answered the point about incipient structures being useless in new [6th] edition of Origin.
His Descent has had immense circulation, but has met with approval of hardly any naturalists. He supposes it was a mistake to publish it, but it will pave way for a better work.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Feb 3 1872
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged to you for having sent me your interestingarticle in Das Ausland I infer that there will be a second article; &if you have a spare copy I should be grateful for it.f1 I am particularlyglad that you were struck with Huxley’s article, which seems to meinimitably good.f2 You will have heard that his health has failed &that he has gone to Egypt for 3 months. I believe he intends on hisreturn to visit your establishment at Naples, which I hope flourishes.f3
I believe you are quite right about the cause of Wallace’s sadfalling away.f4 Mr Mivart’s book has produced a great effect inEngland.f5 He much misrepresents my views. The point which seems to havestruck most readers in England is about incipient structures not beingof use. I have therefore answered this point in some detail in anew edition of the Origin which will soon appear, & of which I willsend you a copy for the chance of your liking to read this part.f6
I did not know until reading your article that my Descent of Manhad excited so much furor in Germany.f7 It has had an immense circulationin this countryf8 & in America; but has met the approval of hardlyany naturalists as far as I know. Therefore I suppose it was amistake on my part to publish it; but any how it will pave the way forsome better work—
Believe me | my dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin