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To James Samuelson   12 October [1867]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Oct 12

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind present of Vol IV of the Q. Journal of Science, which I received this morning with a note from Messrs Churchill.2

I have not hitherto taken in this journal, though I have occasionally procured numbers & read various articles with much interest, because I already take in so many periodicals that I am much in arrear in reading them. I have however just got & read the last No. with Mr Wallace’s really admirable article.3 He is a master of clear argument.

Believe me my dear Sir | yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to volume 4 of the Quarterly Journal of Science, which was published in 1867.
Samuelson was the founder and co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Science (Men and women of the time 1899). The journal was published by John Churchill and Sons.
Alfred Russel Wallace’s article, ‘Creation by law’ (A. R. Wallace 1867c), appeared in the October issue of the Quarterly Journal of Science. For more on the article, see the letter to A. R. Wallace, 12 and 13 October [1867].


Men and women of the time: The men of the time in 1852 or sketches of living notables. 2d edition, 1853. 3d edition, 1856. 4th edition, 1857. New edition, 1865. 7th edition, 1868. 8th edition, 1872. 9th edition, 1875. 10th edition, 1879. 11th edition, 1884. 12th edition, 1887. 13th edition, 1891. 14th edition, 1895. Men and women of the time: a dictionary. 15th edition. By Victor G. Plarr. 1899. London: David Bogue [and others]. 1852–99.


Thanks for Quarterly Journal of Science 4 (1867). Has just read Wallace’s admirable article in last number ["Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. He is a master of clear argument.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Samuelson
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Source of text
Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
Physical description
LS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5647,” accessed on 19 April 2024,

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