To Charles Lyell   10 May [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 10th

My dear Lyell

I wish you joy at having completed your gigantic undertaking, & remain my dear Lyell, Your ever faithful & now very old pupil | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the reference to the eleventh edition of Lyell’s Principles of geology, which was published in 1872 (C. Lyell 1872).
There is a annotated copy of the eleventh edition of Lyell’s Principles of geology in the Darwin Library–CUL (C. Lyell 1872; see Marginalia 1: 544–5). CD had had a copy of the first volume of the first edition (C. Lyell 1830–3) with him on the Beagle (see Correspondence vol. 1); this copy is also in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 530–1).
In C. Lyell 1872, 2: 501 (end of chapter 43), Lyell pointed out that scientific discoveries and new theories were often resisted, and wished that they might instead be welcomed, even if they offended the supposed dignity of the human race.

Bibliography

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

Lyell, Charles. 1830–3. Principles of geology, being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface, by reference to causes now in operation. 3 vols. London: John Murray.

Lyell, Charles. 1872. Principles of geology or the modern changes of the earth and its inhabitants considered as illustrative of geology. 11th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray.

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.

Summary

Comments on CL’s Principles of geology, 11th ed.

Discusses natural selection in man.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8314
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Sent from
Down
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.415)
Physical description
4pp