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To William Turner   11 February [1867]1


Feb. 11,

My dear Sir

I write to ask no more questions, but merely to thank you sincerely for your last, which has explained clearly all that I wanted to know.2 I have sent my MS. on “Domestic Animals, &c” to the printers, and it proves so terribly bulky that I have resolved not to include my Chapt. on Man; but as I have collected materials during several years on certain points (though so ignorant on other and perhaps more important subjects) in the Natural History of man I mean to publish a separate essay hereafter.3 I mention this merely that you might not think that your labours and kindness have been thrown away,—that is as far as I am capable of making use of them.4

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely & obliged | Ch. Darwin.


The year is established by the reference to Variation having been sent to the printers (see n. 3, below).
CD refers to the manuscript of Variation (see also letter to W. D. Fox, 6 February [1867], n. 2). CD ultimately used his extra material in Descent and Expression (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 February [1867] and n. 16).
For CD’s use of Turner’s information in Descent and Expression, see the letter to William Turner, 1 February [1867], nn. 2 and 5.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Thanks WT for information.

Will not include chapter on man in Variation but plans separate essay in future.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Turner
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DAR 148: 155
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C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5398,” accessed on 15 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15