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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. R. Jesse   23 April 1881


Ap. 23d. 1881

Private G. Jesse

My Dear Sir

I regret that I cannot comply with your request to permit the publication of my letter.1 Nor can I see that it wd do any good to either of our opposed sides.— I published the letter to Prof. Holmgren, as I thought it rightly or wrongly my duty; but I cannot stand, now that I am old the wear & tear of controversy—2 I have been glad to read the letter in the Lancet, which is creditable to all concerned in it.3 I assure you that the letters sent privately to several physiologists have been more atrocious publications, than I should think any human being was capable of writing; some being written by ladies.— As I said before we must each go on our own course, & hope & believe that the right will in the long run prevail—

I remain | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD had explained his views on vivisection in his letter to G. R. Jesse, 21 April 1881; Jesse had wanted to publish this letter (see letter from G. R. Jesse, 22 April 1881).
CD’s letter to Frithiof Holmgren, [14] April 1881, had been published in The Times, 18 April 1881, p. 10.


CD will not permit publication of his previous letter on vivisection.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Richard Jesse
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Source of text
DAR 185: 34
Physical description
ADraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13136,” accessed on 14 April 2024,