To Gerard Krefft 17 July 1872
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
July 17. 1872
I am much obliged for yr note & the newspaper together with yr excellent illustrations.1
I have read the article with great interest. It would be presumptuous on my part, from want of knowledge, to express any decided opinion with respect to yr conclusion. Nevertheless, it seems to me scarcely possible to read all yr statements & reasonings & doubt that you are correct. Your conclusion also agrees with that of Prof. Flower & others. It is lamentable that Prof. Owen shd shew so little consideration for the judgment of other naturalists, & shd adhere in so bigotted a manner to whatever he has said.2
This is a great evil, as it makes one doubtful on other points about which he has written. The Cuvierian principle may evidently be extended much too far:3 Toxodon is a good instance of this, as no one I believe has ventured to surmise from the skull, whether it was an aquatic or terrestrial animal.4
I am extremely obliged for yr kind offer of assistance; & should I ever want (which is not the case at present) information or specimens from Australia, I will apply to you.
I am the more obliged for yr kindness as, if you will allow me to say so, I have long respected your able & indefatigable labours in the cause of natural science.
Pray believe me | dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for JLGK’s article [see 8331].
CD thinks it a pity that Owen shows so little consideration for the judgment of other naturalists.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8416,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8416