To Albert Gaudry 27 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your kind letter, & for the present of your two memoirs. The one in the Bulletin I shd have naturally seen, but perhaps not that one in the Archives.2
I have been very glad to read this latter paper, as all inosculating forms are very interesting to me. I quite agree with what you say on the extreme interest of attempting to affiliate extinct & existing Species.3
With your great knowledge you will no doubt produce some valuable results, & I feel well convinced that in the course of time the most interesting genealogical tables will be constructed. I am aware that there are very few naturalists in France who at all concur with our views & therefore I presume you will meet with much opposition.4
I am at present printing a book “on the variation of animals & plants under domestication”; which will I believe be translated into French, & in this case I will direct the publisher to send you a copy, though I do not suppose it will possess much interest for you.5 I am much obliged for yr kind wish to see me in Paris; I shd much enjoy this but the state of my health renders it impossible.—
With very sincere respect | I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Is much obliged for AG’s two memoirs ["Mémoire sur le reptile découvert par M. Frossard", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 3 (1867): 21–40; Bull. Soc. Géol. France 2d ser. 24 (1867): 397–400].
All "inosculating forms" are very interesting to CD.
Agrees with AG on the importance of attempts to affiliate extinct and existing species.
Will send French edition of Variation when published.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Gaudry, A. J.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 2)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5554,” accessed on 23 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5554