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From St G. J. Mivart   26 September 1871

7 North Bank | N.W.

Septbr. 26th 1871.

My dear Sir

Before leaving town I glanced at an article by a Mr C. Wright in the North American Review.1 From the misapprehensions & misrepresentations it exhibited I did not think as would repay careful perusal but since my return I have heard that the article has been republished enlarged—& perhaps somewhat modified—so that I should like to see it and as so many of my friends have received a copy from “Down” I write to ask you if you have still got a copy to spare & if so if you will oblige me with it?2

Trusting that you are in at least as good health as when I had the pleasure of seeing you I remain | My dear Sir | Your’s very sincerely | St Geo Mivart

P.S. I hope Mr Macmillan has sent you a copy of my second Edition as I requested him to do?3

C. Darwin Esqr.


Mivart refers to Chauncey Wright and his review of Mivart’s On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871a and Wright 1871a).
CD had arranged to have Wright 1871a reprinted in London as a pamphlet called Darwinism (Wright 1871b) that he distributed to several of his acquaintances (see letter to Chauncey Wright, 12 September 1871).
Alexander Macmillan’s publishing firm, Macmillan & Co., published Mivart’s On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871a); the second edition (Mivart 1871b) came out on 31 August 1871 (Gruber 1960, p. 70). There is a very lightly annotated copy of Mivart 1871b in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 588–9).


Gruber, Jacob W. 1960. A conscience in conflict. The life of St. George Jackson Mivart. New York: Columbia University Press for Temple University Publications.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Has seen an article by Chauncey Wright ["Darwinism", North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103] and has heard it has been enlarged and reprinted [1871]. As CD has been distributing copies StGM wonders whether he might have one.

Letter details

Letter no.
St George Jackson Mivart
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, North Bank, 7
Source of text
DAR 171: 195
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7971,” accessed on 3 August 2020,

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