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To J. W. Judd   [after 1 February 1877]1

As a writer ought to consider himself as an [unimpassioned] judge bound to give a true verdict, I suppose that it is very improper in me to thank you for the article wh. I have just read in Nature.2 But it has pleased & surprised me so greatly, that whether right or wrong I must thank you heartily.—

Believe me | Yours sincerely | C. D.

J. W. Judd Esq


The date is established by the reference to Judd’s article in Nature (see n. 2, below).
Judd’s review of Geological observations 2d ed. appeared in Nature, 1 February 1877, pp. 289–90. It praised CD’s ‘scientific candour’, especially his habit of raising objections and addressing possible defects in his arguments, as a model of ‘how to reason in geology’ (ibid., p. 290).


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.


Tells of his pleasure and surprise at reading JWJ’s article ["Darwin’s ""Geological observations"" ", Nature 15 (1877): 289–90].

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Charles Robert Darwin
John Wesley Judd
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10828,” accessed on 17 September 2021,