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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   26 February [1871]1

Down, Bromley, Kent. S.E.

Feb. 26

My dear Sir

I have had a note from Dr. Lawson, Editor of Pop. Science Review, on other matters, and he remarks that he is surprised you did not send my Book to this Review of which sale is 2000–3000.2 I remember suggesting this Review to you which is very good and which would be sure to give a good and favourable notice of my Book. I hope that you will reconsider the subject, and send a copy. Dr. Lawson wrote the good article in the London Review.3

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to R. F. Cooke, 12 January [1871].
The letter from Henry Lawson has not been found.
The article has not been identified. CD had approved of a review of Origin in the London Review (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 July [1860]).


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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Suggests sending his book [Descent?] to Popular Science Review.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
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Source of text
DAR 143: 281
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7517,” accessed on 22 October 2020,

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