From Chauncey Wright 21 June 1871
June 21, 1871
Dear Mr. Darwin
I send in the same mail with this, revised proofs of an article which will be published in the July number of the North American Review; sending it in the hope that it will interest, or even be of greater value to you.1 Mr. Mivart’s book of which this article is substantially a review seems to me a very good background from which to present the considerations which I have endeavored to set forth in the article in defense and illustration of the theory of Natural Selection.2 My special purpose has been to contribute to the theory by placing i〈t〉 in its proper relations to philosophical inquiries in general. I omitted on account of the length of the article and the crowded space of the Review a topic which I thought worth printing and which I therefore venture to add in the short manuscript which I append.3
I regret that I am unable to send well-printed advanced sheets instead of this proof, but the publishers of our Review are inexorably hostile to the weakness of authors for extra-copies.
With great respect | Very truly yours | Chauncey Wright
Sends his review of St George Mivart’s book [Genesis of species] [North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 64–103] in which CW defends natural selection.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7829,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7829