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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Albert Wigand   17 March 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 17th 1874

Dear Sir

I thank you for your extremely kind letter. However much you may have criticised my views in your book, I feel sure from your frank & generous remarks, that I shall have no just cause to complain.1 But as I have viewed all natural objects for above 30 years under the light of Natural Selection, it is not likely that any arguments, short of demonstration, would convince me that my views are altogether erroneous.2 I am sorry to say that I have to add that your book has not arrived, but only its cover. You will see in the inclosed, printed on it “found in N.P.B. (North Post Bag) without contents”. Pray do not inconvenience yourself by sending me another copy, as I can easily procure one from my booksellers.3

Pray believe me with much respect | Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


Wigand had sent CD the first volume of his book Der Darwinismus und die Naturforschung Newtons und Cuviers (‘Darwinism and the natural researches of Newton and Cuvier’; Wigand 1874–7). See letter from Albert Wigand, 11 March 1874.
All three volumes of Wigand 1874–7 are in the Darwin Library–Down.


Wigand, Albert. 1874–7. Der Darwinismus und die Naturforschung Newtons und Cuviers. Beiträge zur Methodik der Naturforschung und zur Speciesfrage. 3 vols. Brunswick: F. Vieweg und Sohn.


Thanks AJWW for his frank and generous criticism. [See 9352.] Having viewed all natural objects under the light of natural selection for more than thirty years, CD thinks it unlikely that any arguments short of demonstration can convince him of error.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Julius Wilhelm Albert (Albert) Wigand
Sent from
Source of text
Autograph Collector (journal) June 1999
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9365A,” accessed on 8 August 2020,

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