To St G. J. Mivart 23 January 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Our letters have crossed. I am very much obliged for the kind one just received. I am sorry I added the P.S. but I truly thought you wd. be very glad of a fair excuse for not writing to me.—2
At p. 102 you speak of my dogmatic assertion “that it is a false belief” that natural species &c &c.—3 It sounds very dogmatic, but as I have not hitherto been accused of dogmatism, I shd. be very glad to alter the expression in any future edition.— I have hunted through the most likely places in the 5th Edit of Origin & in two chapters in Variation under Domestication,4 & I find only the most guarded expressions, resting chiefly on my failure to find Evidence of sudden & great changes, & the admission that the conditions of life may have produced a considerable effect, especially in book on Domestic animals.— All this makes me very anxious to correct so positive a statement, unaccompanied, as it appears in your book, with any softening expressions.— So pray oblige me & forgive me for troubling you.—
I will not positively make any more remarks, & will only again thank you for the very kind expressions in your note & remain
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Acknowledges StGJM’s kind letter. [See 7451.]
Offers to alter the "dogmatic assertion" referred to on page 102 [of StGJM’s On the genesis of species] but in 5th ed. of Origin and in Variation CD finds only qualified expressions.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7453A,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7453A