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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   [25 October 1875]

Can you spare a copy of your Cousin paper?1 if so send one to

“Dr. Hermann Müller”



He writes that he much wishes to see it.2 Send me a card to tell me.—

Mc.Lennan3 here yesterday to lunch, & expressed again great admiration at this paper “as a model.”—

C. D.


The reference is to George’s paper on marriages between first cousins (G. H. Darwin 1875a).
John Ferguson McLennan was the author of Primitive marriage (McLennan 1865), a work CD had referred to frequently in Descent.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

McLennan, John Ferguson. 1865. Primitive marriage: an inquiry into the origin of the form of capture in marriage ceremonies. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black.


Asks that a copy of GHD’s paper on cousin marriage be sent to Hermann Müller. J. F. McLennan admires it "as a model".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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OC 25 | 75
Source of text
DAR 210.1: 49
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10223,” accessed on 31 January 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23