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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   2 July [1869]1

Caerdeon | Barmouth | N. Wales

July 2nd

My dear Sir

Very many thanks for your kind present of the Q. Review. There are two articles which concern me, besides others I daresay of general interest. If the article on Design is written, as I daresay is the case, by an impartial and able man it will interest me greatly.2 Again many thanks.

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

We are far from shops and are run short of note-paper, so excuse this.


The year is established by the address. The Darwins left on 10 June 1869 for Caerdeon, and returned on 31 July (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 17, Appendix II)).
The July 1869 issue of the Quarterly Review contained articles reviewing Alfred Russel Wallace’s Malay archipelago (Wallace 1869a) and George Henry Lewes’s ‘Mr. Darwin’s hypotheses’ (Lewes 1868; see Quarterly Review 127 (1869): 68–98, 134–76). The author of the article that discussed design in nature (Quarterly Review 127 (1869): 134–76) was James Bowling Mozley (see Wellesley index).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Lewes, George Henry. 1868b. Mr. Darwin’s hypotheses. Fortnightly Review n.s. 3: 353–73, 611–28; 4: 61–80, 492–509.

Wellesley index: The Wellesley index to Victorian periodicals 1824–1900. Edited by Walter E. Houghton et al. 5 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1966–89.


Thanks for [July 1869] issue of Quarterly Review.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
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Source of text
DAR 143: 272
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6814,” accessed on 21 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17