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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5554,” accessed on 20 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5554