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To Maxwell Tylden Masters   26 February [1862]1

Down Bromley

Feb. 26th.

My dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for sending me your article, which I have just read with much interest.2 The History and a good deal besides was quite new to me. It seems to me capitally done, and so clearly written. You really ought to write your larger work. You speak too generously of my Book; but I must confess that you have pleased me not a little; for no one, as far as I know, has ever remarked on what I say on classification,—a part, which when I wrote it, pleased me.3

With many thanks to you for sending me your article, pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Masters 1862 (see n. 2, below).
Masters 1862.
Masters considered Origin a ‘wonderful book’ and argued that CD had ‘done a good service’, regardless of whether his conclusions were true. Masters particularly recommended chapter 13, entitled ‘Mutual affinities of organic beings: morphology: embryology: rudimentary organs’, as ‘a clear exposition … of the rules and methods employed by systematists’ (Masters 1862, p. 216).


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.


Obliged for MTM’s ["Vegetable morphology", Br. & Foreign Med.-Chir. Rev. 29 (1862): 202–18].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Maxwell Tylden Masters
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DAR 146: 339
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3459,” accessed on 12 November 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10