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Darwin Correspondence Project

To George Harris   12 February 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Feb 12— 1874

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your extremely kind letter.1 I have read the proof sheets, but have no criticisms worth sending.2 I am however not sure that I fully agree with you on all points. On so obscure a subject as the distinction between actions performed through instinct, habit & intellect, I suppose that hardly two men would fully agree.

With my best wishes that your new work may be in every way successful I remain dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Harris had sent CD proof-sheets of his book A philosophical treatise on the nature and constitution of man (Harris 1876).


Harris, George. 1876. A philosophical treatise on the nature and constitution of man. 2 vols. London: George Bell & Sons. Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, & Co.


Has read GH’s proofs and, although not entirely in agreement, has no criticisms worth sending.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9284,” accessed on 2 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22