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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2634

From William Whewell   2 January 1860

Trin. Lodge

Jan. 2. 1860

My dear Mr Darwin

I have to thank you for a copy of your book on the ‘Origin of Species’.1 You will easily believe that it has interested me very much, and probably you will not be surprized to be told that I cannot, yet at least, become a convert to your doctrines. But there is so much of thought and of fact in what you have written that it is not to be contradicted without careful selection of the ground and manner of the dissent, which I have not now time for. I must therefore content myself with thanking you for your kindness2

believe me | Yours very truly | W Whewell

C. Darwin Esqe

Footnotes

1
CD had sent Whewell a copy of the first edition of Origin (see Appendix III).
2
CD had known Whewell since he was an undergraduate at Cambridge University. See Autobiography, p. 66, and Correspondence vol. 2.

Summary

Thanks CD for the Origin. WW is not yet a convert but there is so much "of thought and of fact" in what CD has written that "it is not to be contradicted without careful selection of the ground and manner of the dissent".

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2634
From
Whewell, William
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 98 (ser. 2): 19
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2634,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2634

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