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From G. J. Romanes   13 November 1880

18 Cornwall Terrace:

November 13, 1880.

I am grieved to hear from Mr. Teesdale that his fears were only too well founded. Although I had not myself the privilege of Miss Wedgwood’s acquaintance, I know, from what I have been told by those who had, how greatly your household must feel her loss.1

I should not, however, have written only to trouble you with expressions of sympathy. I desire to ask you one or two questions with reference to an article on Hybridism which I have written for the ‘Encyclopædia Britannica,’ and the corrected proof of which I send.2 It is in chief part an epitome of your own chapters upon the subject,3 and therefore you need not trouble to read the whole, unless you care to see whether I have been sufficiently clear and accurate. But there are two points on which I should like to have your opinion, both for my own benefit and for that of my readers. First, I think it is desirable to append a list of the more important works bearing upon the subject, and if I make such a list I should not like to trust to my own information, lest I should do unwitting injustice to some observing writers. If, therefore, you could, without taking any special trouble, jot down from memory the works you think most deserving of mention, I think it would be of benefit to the reading public.


Elizabeth Wedgwood died on 8 November 1880 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). Romanes had learned of her illness from John Marmaduke Teesdale, a neighbour of CD’s (see letter from G. J. Romanes, 5 November 1880).
Romanes’s article appeared in EB 9th ed. 12: 422–6 (G. J. Romanes 1881).
Romanes quoted at length from CD’s chapter on hybridism in Origin, pp. 245–78, and from the extended discussion of the subject in Variation 2: 178–91.


Romanes, George John. 1881b. Hybridism. EB 9th ed. 12: 422–6.


Sends proofs of Encyclopaedia Britannica article on hybridism [9th ed., 12: 422–6]. Can CD mention authorities who should be cited?

Letter details

Letter no.
George John Romanes
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Cornwall Terrace 18
Source of text
E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 100–1

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12813,” accessed on 8 June 2023,