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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Chauncey Wright   6 September [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sept 6th

My dear Mr Wright

I received this morning a very big book in 2 vols. from author, “Études sur les Facultés mentales des Animaux par J. C. Houzeau—membre de l’Acad. Belgique”— (A Travelling naturalist— “Paris Hachette & Co. 1872.”—2 This would be probably worth your notice.— I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your tour.— I have been heartily glad to make your personal acquaintance—3

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Wright’s meeting with CD (see n. 3, below).
The reference is to Jean-Charles Houzeau’s Études sur les facultés mentales des animaux comparées à celles de l’homme (Observations on the mental faculties of animals compared with those of man; Houzeau 1872). CD cited it extensively in Descent 2d ed..
Wright visited CD on 4 and 5 September 1872 (see Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) and Thayer 1878, p. 248). He referred to his tour in his letter of 29 August 1872.


Recommends J. C. Houzeau’s Études sur les facultés mentales des animaux [1872].

Was glad to make CW’s acquaintance.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Chauncey Wright
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (B/D25.276)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8512,” accessed on 24 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20