Hopes ARW has not "murdered too completely your own and my child" [natural selection] in his Quarterly Review article ["Sir Charles Lyell on geological climates and the Origin", 126 (1869): 359–94] on Lyell's Principles [10th ed.].
CD is attributing more significance to useless variability in new [5th] edition of Origin.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Wallace
I must send a line to thank you, but this note will require no answer.— The very morning after writing I found that Elk was used for moose in Sweden, but I had been reading lately about Elk & moose in N. America.—
As you put the case in your letter, which I think differs somewhat from
your book, I am inclined to agree, & had thought that a feather c
Thanks for other facts, which I will reflect on, when I go again over my M.S.
I read all that you said about the Dutch Government with much interest, but I do not feel I know enough to form any opinion against yours.
I shall be intensely Curious to read the Quarterly: I hope you have not
murdered too completely your own & my child. I have lately i.e. in new
Edit, of Origin been moderating my zeal, & attributing much more to
mere useless variability.— I did think I w
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. After all I have thought of one question, but if I receive no answer I shall understand that (as is probable) you have nothing to say:—I have seen it remarked that the men & women of certain tribes differ a little in shade or tint: but have you ever seen or heard of any difference in tint between the 2 sexes, which did not appear to follow from a difference in habits of life?—
- f1 6684.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from A. R. Wallace, 24 March 1869.
- f2 6684.f2See letter from A. R. Wallace, 24 March 1869 and n. 3.
- f3 6684.f3Crossoptilon is the genus of eared pheasants. In Descent 2: 166, CD noted that the tails of both sexes were equal in length.
- f4 6684.f4CD refers to Wallace's discussion of Dutch colonial practices in The Malay Archipelago (see Wallace 1869a, 1: 398--403).
- f5 6684.f5CD refers to Wallace's article in the Quarterly Review (see letter from A. R. Wallace, 24 March 1869 and n. 10).
- f6 6684.f6CD had discussed with Joseph Dalton Hooker revisions for the fifth edition of Origin to answer criticisms made by Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 January 1869 and n. 1, and letters from J. D. Hooker, 15 January 1869, 18 January 1869, and [25 January 1869]).