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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. T. Knowles   5 August 1874

Bassett Southampton

Aug—5 1874

Dear Sir

I thank you for your extremely kind note.1 I had only a very faint hope of success, & your reasons are conclusive. I have come here for rest, of which I stand much in need, & dare not undertake any new work. I am also at all times very unwilling to enter on any controversy. Nevertheless I thank you cordially for your offer, which tempts me much, as I have long considered the Contemporary as the highest of our English periodicals.2

Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Knowles had explained that he was unable to reprint an article from the North American Review in the Contemporary Review, of which he was the editor (letter from J. T. Knowles, 4 August 1874).
Knowles had asked CD to consider writing for the Contemporary Review (letter from J. T. Knowles, 4 August 1874).


CD understands JTK’s reasons [for not republishing W. D. Whitney’s article]. Cannot undertake to write anything himself; he needs rest and is unwilling to enter into controversy.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Thomas Knowles; editor of Contemporary Review
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Source of text
Wellcome Collection
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9584,” accessed on 14 May 2021,

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