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Darwin Correspondence Project

From George Henslow   18 May 1866

10 South Crescent | Bedford Square | W.C.

May 18/66

Dear Mr. Darwin

I have at last written my article on Hybridism for the Popular Science Review,1 & have much to thank you for so kindly lending me yr books &c. on the subject.2 I will forward them to the address given to me within a few days.

I have wanted to ask you whether you would mind running over the proof sheet (about 8 pp.) so that you might give me a hint or two as to any passage you might think objectionable, or any statement too positively asserted &c, as being a subject I knew nothing about previously, I might have been led into making some wrong or hazardous statement. If however, ill health, time &c. should prevent you, pray do not hesitate a moment in saying so & obliging3

Yours faithfully | Geo. Henslow.


In his letter of 8 March 1866, Henslow had informed CD of his intention to write on Charles Victor Naudin’s research on hybridity. The article appeared in Popular Science Review 5 (1866): 304–13 (Henslow 1866b).
Henslow had asked CD for references to relevant works on hybridism. See letter from George Henslow, 12 March 1866 and n. 1.
CD returned the proof-sheet with his letter to Henslow of 12 June [1866].


Has written his Naudin–hybridism article [Pop. Sci. Rev. 5 (1866): 304–13]. Would like CD to criticise proofs.

Will return books borrowed from CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Henslow
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, South Crescent, 10
Source of text
DAR 166: 159
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5095,” accessed on 15 August 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14