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From St G. J. Mivart   19 January 1871

7, North Bank, | N.W.

Jany 19th 1871

My dear Sir

Many thanks— I am much vexed that you have not already received a copy of my little book which only an accident has prevented & I went yesterday to direct its being sent off forthwith.1

I trust that you will not think that I have said a word in it of opposition to you beyond what my view of the truth necessitates and I trust also that where I have been obliged to dissent my expressions have not been inconsistent with those sentiments of personal esteem & regard for you—

with which I am | My dear Sir | Your’s most truly | St. G. Mivart.

To | Charles Darwin Esq.


Mivart had probably heard that he was to receive an advance copy of the first volume of Descent (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 17 January [1871] and n. 4). He also refers to his book On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871a). There is an annotated copy of Mivart 1871a in the Darwin Library–CUL (Marginalia 1: 584–8). See also letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 January [1871].


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

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.


Has sent CD his book [Genesis of species (1871)]. Has not said a word in opposition to CD except where his view of the truth necessitated it.

Letter details

Letter no.
St George Jackson Mivart
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, North Bank, 7
Source of text
DAR 171: 189
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7447,” accessed on 2 March 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19