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From St G. J. Mivart   4 October 1871

7 North Bank | N.W

Oct. 4th 1871.

My dear Sir

You must kindly excuse my delay in thanking you for your compliance with my request but I have only just returned home.1 With regard to the article I find on reperusal that it is undoubtedly clever but I should hardly have expected that you would think it worth republication as a serious defence of the position I attack. I am much vexed to find that Mr Macmillan did not send you the copy I requested & I beg you to believe it was not my fault.2

Believe me | My dear Sir | Your’s very truly | St Geo Mivart

C. Darwin Esq F.R.S. &c


Mivart had asked CD for a copy of pamphlet in which Chauncey Wright’s review of his Genesis of Species had been reprinted (Mivart 1871b, Wright 1871a, 1871b; see letter from St G. J. Mivart, 26 September 1871).
Mivart had asked his publisher, Alexander Macmillan, to send CD a copy of the second edition of Genesis of species (Mivart 1871b; see letter from St G. J. Mivart, 26 September 1871). There is a very lightly annotated copy of Mivart 1871b in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 588–9).


Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Thanks for Chauncey Wright’s article. Admits it is clever, but hardly expected CD to think it a serious defence of his position.

Letter details

Letter no.
St George Jackson Mivart
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, North Bank, 7
Source of text
DAR 171: 196
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7986,” accessed on 20 October 2019,

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