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To Asa Gray   14 December [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Dec 14th

My dear Gray,

The enclosed note of Huxleys you will see shows that he will be glad of Mr Wrights article, if approved of; but he cannot pay for it.2 I really do not believe that there is any other Review which would accept it, for all have treated of the Origin.—   If Mr Wright cannot better dispose of it; it had better be sent to Messrs Williams & Norgate Henrietta St., Covent Garden; as they publish the Review.—   I feel sure that the Review will have great merit, & so far be worthy of Mr Wright’s article; & it would be a great pity if it were not published, as you say it is so good.— You will see that Huxley asks whether you would ever contribute to his Review; but you must, I fear, be pledged to Silliman’s.3

I shall be anxious to hear your final decision on manner of publishing your Three Articles.4 I still think Nor 2 best, though I believe most would prefer Nor 3.5

I shd. rather like to see sub rosâ Harvey’s letter.—6 I have had much correspondence with him; & he wrote me some very nice letters. I return Ticknor & Fields letter,7 as you might want to refer to it.—

My dear Gray | Yours most truly | C. Darwin

There is a nice, but too flattering article on the Origin by a young man, whom many think most highly of.—8


Dated by the reference to the forthcoming publication of Gray 1861 (see n. 4, below).
See preceding letter. Gray had asked CD whether he could get an article by his friend Chauncey Wright published in England. See letter to Asa Gray, 11 December [1860].
CD refers to the American Journal of Science and Arts, edited by James Dwight Dana and Benjamin Silliman Jr. Gray was one of three contributing editors.
At CD’s request, Gray was arranging for copies of his review of Origin ([Gray] 1860b) to be separately printed in America. A number of these were intended for distribution in Britain. The pamphlet was published early in 1861 (Gray 1861). See letter to Asa Gray, 11 December [1860].
The review had been published in three parts. For CD’s comments on the second part, see the letter to Asa Gray, 26 September [1860].
William Henry Harvey’s letter to Asa Gray, dated 3 November 1860, is in the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University. Harvey commented on Gray’s review of Origin ([Gray] 1860b): ‘Almost thou persuadest me to be a Darwinite—not quite so, but thou persuadest me to be a Grayite.’
The Boston publishing firm Ticknor and Fields had agreed to print Gray’s pamphlet, for distribution by Trübner and Company in London (Dupree 1959, p. 299).
Probably Fawcett 1860.


Dupree, Anderson Hunter. 1959. Asa Gray, 1810–1888. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University.

Fawcett, Henry. 1860. A popular exposition of Mr Darwin on the origin of species. Macmillan’s Magazine 3 (1861): 81–92.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Encloses note from Huxley [see 3022], who would be grateful for Chauncey Wright’s review.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (39)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3023,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8