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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-7781

To Alfred Newton   30 May [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 30th

My dear Prof. Newton

Very many thanks for your facts & correction. The case of the gull must come out.2 Oh Lord how difficult accuracy is! Yesterday we had a letter from Frank, groaning in spirit at the thoughts that it was his last term in Cambridge, which is dear also to me.—3

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Newton, 29 May 1871.
2
The reference to the gull is in a missing portion of the letter from Alfred Newton, 29 May 1871. In Descent 2: 108 n. 9, CD reported a case of apparent reasoning in a gull; this was removed in the second edition.
3
The letter from Francis Darwin has not been found. See letter from Alfred Newton, 29 May 1871 and n. 2.

Summary

Thanks AN for facts and corrections [for Descent].

The case of the gull must come out [Descent 2: 108 n. 9]. "Oh Lord, how difficult accuracy is!"

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7781
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Newton, Alfred
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Balfour Library, University of Cambridge (held at CUL: Add.9839/1D/59)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7781,” accessed on 31 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7781

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