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Darwin Correspondence Project

From St G. J. Mivart   6 January 1872

7, North Bank, | N.W.

Janry. 6th 1872

My dear Sir

The way in which I have understood your meaning is one widely diffused & shared by some of the most scrupulously conscientious & intelligent of my friends. If therefore I have “greatly misrepresented” your “views & conclusions”, sorry as I should be for my own sake to have done such an unintentional injustice, yet for your sake, I should rejoice to have been the occasion of your correcting such wrong impressions & so for ever doing away with delusions which otherwise might impair your fame in the eyes of posterity.1

Believe me I shall most willingly and gladly acknowledge myself to have misunderstood (& consequently misrepresented) you as soon as ever you give me the pleasure of reading a disclaimer of what, with all regret, I cannot but regard as fundamental intellectual errors.

You will I am sure on reflection, readily acknowledge that as a man of science I have no choice but to pursue “truth” to the best of my ability in spite of consequences in the accidentally painful effects of which I fully share.

Whatever may be the spirit in which you may be induced to judge my efforts I shall never be untrue to my published declaration as to these sentiments of esteem with which I am | Yours sincerely | St G. Mivart


As a man of science, StGM has no choice but to pursue what he sees as the truth. Will happily admit he has misrepresented CD if CD will disclaim the position that StGM attacks.

Letter details

Letter no.
St George Jackson Mivart
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, North Bank, 7
Source of text
DAR 171: 198
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8148,” accessed on 30 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20