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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   [24 October 1874]1


My dear G.

Apus is right.—2

I meant for compositor the words “I have not read this revise of Ch. XX.” Alter it words into “I have not read the text in this sheet”, so responsibility is thrown on compositor. You need not read the text. Send proofs to Printers by very first Post.—

I shd like 2d vol of Descent returned, as I may want any day to refer to it—3

I am very glad about Whitney article.—4

Yours affect | C. D.


No sort of hurry about Heat.—5


The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter to G. H. Darwin, 22 October [1874], and the letter from G. H. Darwin, 24 October 1874. In 1874, 24 October was a Saturday.
Apus appears in Descent 2d ed., p. 255. Apus was formerly a genus of Notostraca (tadpole shrimp), but the name has now been replaced by Triops.
CD refers to the first edition of Descent; see the letter to G. H. Darwin, 22 October [1874] and n. 2.
In November 1874, George published a review of William Dwight Whitney’s ‘Darwinism and language’ (Whitney 1874) titled ‘Professor Whitney on the origin of language’ in the Contemporary Review (G. H. Darwin 1874c). In his review, he defended CD in his debate with Friedrich Max Müller (see Radick 2008, p. 47).


Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Radick, Gregory. 2008. The simian tongue: the long debate about animal language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Whitney, William Dwight. 1874. Darwinism and language. [Essay review of works by August Schleicher and Friedrich Max Müller.] North American Review 119: 61–88.


Writes about instructions to compositor and return of proofs [of Descent]. Requests return of 2d volume of Descent, to which he may want to refer.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 35
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9696,” accessed on 19 May 2022,

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