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From Emile Alglave1   13 January 1877

Revue | politique et littéraire | Revue | scientifique | Paris,

Auteuil, villa de la Réunion | 91 Rue de la Municipalit〈é〉

le 13 janvier 1877

Cher Monsieur

Je crois que vous remarquerez dans la Revue scientifique d’aujourd’hui l’article de Mr Delbœuf donnant une demonstration mathématique de la selection naturelle.2 Si cet article vous suggerait quelques observations, je n’ai pas besoin de vous dire que je serais très heureux de les recevoir, soit sous forme d’article, soit, a qui est plus probable, sous forme de lettre que je ferais immediatement traduire.

Je profite de l’occasion pour vous demander si vous ne pourriez pas me faire envoyer par votre libraire vos anciens ouvrages que vous venez de faire réimprimer: les Iles de corail—et les observations sur les iles volcaniques et certaines parties de l’Amerique du Sud3

J’en ferais rendre compte dans la Revue scientifique

Votre bien devoué | Em. Alglave

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Appendix I.
Joseph Delboeuf’s article ‘Les mathématiques et le transformisme. Une loi mathématique applicable à la théorie du transformisme’ (Mathematics and transformism. A mathematical law applicable to the theory of transformism; Delboeuf 1877) appeared in Revue scientifique de la France et de l’étranger, 13 January 1877.
Coral reefs 2d ed. had appeared in 1874; Geological observations 2d ed. (Volcanic islands and South America together with ‘Pampean formation’ in a single volume) was published in 1876.

Bibliography

Coral reefs 2d ed.: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. By Charles Darwin. Revised edition. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1874.

Delboeuf, Joseph. 1877. Les mathématiques et le transformisme. Une loi mathématique applicable à la théorie du transformisme. Revue scientifique de la France et de l’étranger 2d ser. 6: 669–79.

Geological observations 2d ed.: Geological observations on the volcanic islands and parts of South America visited during the voyage of H.M.S. ‘Beagle’. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1876.

‘Pampean formation’: On the thickness of the Pampean formation, near Buenos Ayres. By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 December 1862.] Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 19 (1863): 68–71. [Shorter publications, pp. 342–5.]

South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.

Volcanic islands: Geological observations on the volcanic islands, visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1844.

Translation

From Emile Alglave1   13 January 1877

Revue | politique et littéraire | Revue | scientifique | Paris,

Auteuil, villa de la Réunion | 91 Rue de la Municipalit〈é〉

13 January 1877

Dear Sir

I believe you will have seen in today’s Revue scientifique the article by Mr Delbœuf giving a mathematical proof of natural selection.2 If this article brings to mind any observations, I need not tell you that I would be very happy to receive them, whether in the form of an article, or, as is more likely, in the form of a letter that I could have translated at once.

I take this opportunity to ask if you could not arrange to send me through your bookshop your early works that you have just had reprinted: Coral islands—and the observations on volcanic islands and certain parts of South America3

I would have them summarised in the Revue scientifique

Yours truly | Em. Alglave

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original French, see p. QQQQ.
Joseph Delboeuf’s article ‘Les mathématiques et le transformisme. Une loi mathématique applicable à la théorie du transformisme’ (Mathematics and transformism. A mathematical law applicable to the theory of transformism; Delboeuf 1877) appeared in Revue scientifique de la France et de l’étranger, 13 January 1877.
Coral reefs 2d ed. had appeared in 1874; Geological observations 2d ed. (Volcanic islands and South America together with ‘Pampean formation’ in a single volume) was published in 1876.

Bibliography

Coral reefs 2d ed.: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. By Charles Darwin. Revised edition. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1874.

Delboeuf, Joseph. 1877. Les mathématiques et le transformisme. Une loi mathématique applicable à la théorie du transformisme. Revue scientifique de la France et de l’étranger 2d ser. 6: 669–79.

Geological observations 2d ed.: Geological observations on the volcanic islands and parts of South America visited during the voyage of H.M.S. ‘Beagle’. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1876.

‘Pampean formation’: On the thickness of the Pampean formation, near Buenos Ayres. By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 December 1862.] Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 19 (1863): 68–71. [Shorter publications, pp. 342–5.]

South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.

Volcanic islands: Geological observations on the volcanic islands, visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1844.

Summary

Asks whether CD has any observations to make on J. R. L. Delboeuf’s article ["Les mathématiques et la transformisme"] in Revue Scientifique [2d ser. 29 (1877): 669–79]. He would be pleased to receive a letter or article for publication.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10786
From
Émile Alglave
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Paris
Source of text
DAR 202: 8
Physical description
2pp † (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10786,” accessed on 27 September 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10786.xml

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