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From G. R. Waterhouse   [after 26 April 1844]

My dear Darwin

Hope1 is yet on the continent but I do not know his address, if however you send a note addressed to him under cover to me I will see that it is sent off through his man Mr Sibley who manages all these matters—

Your question about the Viverridæ puzzles me much—2 number is certainly an element of some importance with me—especially in endeavouring to form an idea of the value of a character— I think were there only one species of Viverridæ known I should in all probability regard him as an aberrant form of some other group & should not select him as a type of the Carnivora—but I cannot for the life of me conceive what I should do for a type— I should be much in the same predicament with the Carnivora as I am with the Edentata— I cannot form any very distinct idea of the type of that group—

I will perhaps write again about this matter— I am at this moment so very ‘queer’ (with a cold) that I can hardly think— I am very sorry to hear you are sticking to your old bad practice of being unwell—

Believe me | Ever faithfully yours | Geo R Waterhouse Tuesday in E

CD annotations

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Top of first page: ‘Second note’added pencil


Frederick William Hope.
See CD’s annotations to the letter from G. R. Waterhouse, 26 April 1844.


Is puzzled by CD’s question about the Viverridae; thinks if there were only one species he might regard it as an aberrant of some other group and not select it as a type of the Carnivora.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Robert Waterhouse
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 181: 15
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 749,” accessed on 16 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3