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From Henry Holland   19 February [1871]1

72 Brook Street

Feby. 19th

One line, my dear Charles, to thank you for those two volumes, which (impatiently expected) came to me yesterday.2 I shall speedily set to work upon them; sedulously as well as speedily, & when I have mastered their contents, will write again with more ample acknowledgment than this brief note of thanks on first reception of the work.3

Ever yours, my dear Charles, | affecy | H Holland

P.S You will see in the last No of the Edn Review, an Article on Laugel’s volumes, which I wrote on the voyage to & from Jamaica.—4 There are some parts of it, which bear closely on your subject, though of course only in a general way, under the cramped space of a Review


The year is established by the reference to Holland’s article in the Edinburgh Review (see n. 4, below).
Holland’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Descent (Appendix IV).
Holland informed CD that he had finished reading Descent in his letter of 6 November [1872] (Correspondence vol. 20).
Holland refers to Auguste Laugel and to Laugel 1863, 1864, and 1867 (Science et philosophie, Les problèmes de la nature, and Les problèmes de la vie), which he reviewed in the Edinburgh Review ([Holland] 1871). Holland had visited Jamaica and the West Indies in the autumn of 1870 (see Correspondence vol. 18, letter from Henry Holland, 4 November [1870]).


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

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

[Holland, Henry.] 1871. Laugel’s Problems of nature and life. Edinburgh Review 133: 145–75.


Thanks for copy of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Holland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Brook St, 72
Source of text
DAR 166: 253
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7490,” accessed on 15 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19