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DCP-LETT-2581

To Francis Galton   13 December [1859]

Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 13th

My dear Galton

Your letter addressed to Ilkley reached me only this morning.1 I must thank you sincerely for the pleasure which you have given me. Oddly enough your words are nearly the same as those used my Brother: I have received some very highly coloured compliments on my book, but none which have given me more pleasure than what you & my Brother have said.—2

Your correction about the Rhinoceros is an important one (but too late for the Reprint) & shall be attended to: I rashly assumed (having made enquiries about the Elephant in India) that the Rhinoceros would be quite safe.—

Thank you for the other notes: till I compare all my notes, I feel very doubtful about the share males & females play in sexual selection; I suspect that the male will pair with any female, & that the females select the victorious or most beautiful cock, or him with beauty & courage combined.—3

Several persons have been baulked about the ants: they do not notice that the Latin names change; but I have tried to make it clearer.—4

Again let me thank you sincerely for your very kind note & with our kind remembrances to Mrs

Galton,5 pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
Letter from Francis Galton, 9 December 1859.
2
For Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s comments, see letter from E. A. Darwin, 23 November [1859].
3
Sexual selection was discussed in Origin, pp. 87–90. Galton’s notes were presumably in the section of the letter from Francis Galton, 9 December 1859, that is now missing.
4
See letter from E. A. Darwin, 23 November [1859].
5
Louisa Jane Galton.

Summary

Thanks FG for comments [on Origin].

Acknowledges error involving rhinoceros.

Thinks female fowls select victorious or most beautiful cock.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2581
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Galton, Francis
Sent from
Down
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2581,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2581

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