To Albert Gaudry 21 January 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I thank you for your interesting essay on the influence of the Geological features of the country on the mind & habits of the ancient Athenians, & for your very obliging letter.2
I am delighted to hear that you intend to consider the relations of fossil animals in connection with their genealogy,;3 it will afford you a fine field for the exercise of your extensive knowledge & powers of reasoning. Your belief will, I suppose at present, lower you in the estimation of your countrymen; but, judging from the rapid spread in all parts of Europe, excepting France, of the belief in the common descent of allied species, I must think that this belief will before long become universal. How strange it is that the country which gave birth to Buffon, the elder Geoffroy & especially to Lamarck shd now cling so pertinaceously to the belief that species are immutable creations.4
My work on Variation &c under Domestication will appear in a French translation in a few months time, & I will do myself the pleasure & honour of directing the publisher to send a copy to you to the same address as this letter.5
With sincere respect | I remain dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Thanks AG for his essay on geology and Athenian history [see 5784].
Comments on French rejection of evolution. "How strange that the country of Buffon, Geoffroy and especially Lamarck should now cling to species as immutable creations."
Variation will soon appear in French.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5794,” accessed on 27 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5794