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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Samuel Butler to the Athenæum   [before 31 January 1880]

Cancelled: Now enclosure to DCP-LETT-12445


Darwin’s ‘Life or Erasmus Darwin’ came out in November 1879, after the March 1879 publication of Samuel Butler’s ‘Evolution Old and New’. CD guarantees accuracy of a translation in the book of an article from Kosmos. CD said article appeared before ‘Evolution Old and New,’ but Butler thinks it takes material from it. Otherwise, CD published another article entirely. Butler strongly criticizes the translation published by CD. Describes correspondence with CD about the matter, and involvement of Pall Mall Gazette.

Letter details

Letter no.
Samuel Butler
Source of text
Athenæum, 31 January 1880, p. 155

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12442F,” accessed on 5 March 2021,