skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

From George Bentham   23 November 1869

25. Wilton Place. | S.W.

Nov 23 /69

My dear Mr Darwin

I understand that you have passed an indulgent judgement on my last Address but at the same time you have met in it with some points on which I am wrong—or what amounts to the same thing—on which you differ from me1   I do not like encroaching upon your time yet I should feel very much obliged if you could in a few words point out to me what these errors or mistaken views are in order that I may reconsider them and stand corrected. All questions bearing on Geographical distribution have long had a peculiar interest for me and now more particularly since a better acquaintance with the African and Australian floras seem to have placed many things in a different light from that in which they previously appeared, and I am very anxious not to go astray in considering them2

What do you think of Galton’s Hereditary Genius?3

Yours very sincerely | George Bentham

Footnotes

Joseph Dalton Hooker evidently mentioned to Bentham CD’s comments on Bentham’s anniversary address to the Linnean Society of London (Bentham 1869b); see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 November [1869].
Bentham’s address was on the subject of ‘Geographical Biology’ (Bentham 1869b, p. lxv); he considered the Australian and African floras on pp. lxxxvi–lxxxviii; see also pp. lxxiv–lxxv.
The reference is to Francis Galton’s Hereditary genius: an inquiry into its laws and consequences (Galton 1869).

Bibliography

Galton, Francis. 1869. Hereditary genius: an inquiry into its laws and consequences. London: Macmillan.

Summary

Has heard that CD thinks GB is wrong on some points in his [Presidential] Address [to Linnean Society, see 6793]. Asks CD to point out where he is wrong.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7005
From
George Bentham
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Wilton Place, 25
Source of text
DAR 160: 164
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7005,” accessed on 13 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-7005.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17

letter