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To Henry Holland   31 January [1862]1

6. Queen Anne St

Jan 31st

My dear Sir Henry

I am very much obliged to you for having lent me your Essay, which I now return.2 It has pleased me much to see that our conclusions agree closely in most respects & indeed are identical in some respects, though I approach the subject as a simple naturalist & you from a more general point of view. I am convinced that if you were to publish your Essay, it would excite much attention & interest.3

With very sincere thanks for all your great kindness & interest which you have shown in my work, I remain, my dear Sir Henry | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Henry Holland, 30 January [1862] (Correspondence vol. 10).
Holland’s manuscript has not been found; it was an essay titled ‘Life and organisation’ ([Holland] 1859), originally published in January 1859, to which Holland added a postscript referring to Origin and CD’s theory of natural selection. For the printed version of the postscript, see Correspondence vol. 10, letter from Henry Holland, 30 January [1862] and Holland 1862, pp. 98–9.
The essay was published in Essays on scientific and other subjects from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews (Holland 1862).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

[Holland, Henry.] 1859. Life and organisation. Edinburgh Review 109: 227–63.

Holland, Henry. 1862. Essays on scientific and other subjects from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Returns HH’s essay.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Holland, 1st baronet
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Source of text
Private collection (on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3424F,” accessed on 4 October 2023,