To Francis Galton 23 December 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Galton
I have only read about 50 pages of your Book (to the Judges) but I must exhale myself, else something will go wrong in my inside.2 I do not think I ever in all my life read anything more interesting & original. And how well & clearly you put every point! George,3 who has finished the Book, & who expressed himself just in the same terms, tells me the earlier chapters are nothing in interest to the latter ones! It will take me some time to get to these latter chapters,, as it is read aloud to me by my wife, who is also much interested.— You have made a convert of an opponent in one sense, for I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal & hard work; & I still think there is an eminently important difference.
I congratulate you on producing what I am convinced will prove a memorable work.—
I look forward with intense interest to each reading, but it sets me thinking so much that I find it very hard work; but that is wholly the fault of my brain & not of your beautifully clear style.—
Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Praises FG’s book [Hereditary genius (1869)]. CD is converted by its argument. Previously CD believed men did not differ much in intellect, but only in zeal and hard work.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Galton, Francis
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- University College London, Library Services, Special Collections, The Galton Papers (39E)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7032,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7032