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Darwin Correspondence Project

To St G. J. Mivart   21 January [1871]

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan 21

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your kind present.—1 It will take me some time to read it, as I can read but little of anything which requires much thought. If I had known that your book was published I would not of course have directed vol. I of my book to be sent to you;2 nor do I suppose you will care much about it. It will probably excite your indignation. I always console myself with thinking that I have done my best

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to Mivart 1871a; see letter from St G. J. Mivart, 19 January 1871 and n. 1.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Is obliged for StGJM’s book [On the genesis of species (1871)].

Would not have sent him vol. 1 [of Descent] if he had known that StGJM’s book was already published.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
St George Jackson Mivart
Sent from
JA 21 71
Source of text
Bonhams, New York (dealers), 11 June 2008
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7450A,” accessed on 16 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19