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To St. G. J. Mivart   27 September [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sept. 27th

My dear Sir

I send by this Post the pamphlet; I did not do so before, as it is an attack on you & I thought it would be unbecoming on my part. The author forwarded an advanced copy to me, & as I knew him to be highly esteemed in his own country, (as a mathematician & a sound reasoner) & as the article seemed to me & others very clever, though I do not agree with all parts, I asked him whether I might republish it; & if so, to send me a Title & any additions which he might please. To this request he acceded, & I was glad to show to any who would take the trouble to read it, that something could be said in my defence.—2 I did not notice any misrepresentations of your views in it, & the remarks on the whole seem to me fair.—

I have procured a copy of the 2d Edit. of your Genesis, so I beg you not to trouble yourself by sending me one.—3

My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from St G. J. Mivart, 26 September 1871.
The pamphlet was by Chauncey Wright, an American mathematician who had reviewed Mivart’s On the genesis of species for the North American Review (Mivart 1871a and Wright 1871a and 1871b); see letter from St G. J. Mivart, 26 September 1871 and n. 2. See also letters from Chauncey Wright, 21 June 1871 and 1 August 1871, and letters to Chauncey Wright, 17 July [1871] and 12 September 1871 and n. 3.
CD refers to the second edition of On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871b; see letter from St G. J. Mivart, 26 September 1871).


Sends a reprint of Chauncey Wright’s article ["Darwinism", North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103].

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Charles Robert Darwin
St George Jackson Mivart
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DAR 185: 94
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7972,” accessed on 25 June 2017,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19