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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   13 April [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Ap 13th

My dear Sir

Many thanks for your suggestion, & I have written to Turin to enquire who is the translator.2 I have no idea who wrote the Times Review.3 He has no knowledge of science, & seems to me a windbag full of metaphysics & classics, so that I do not much regard his adverse judgment, though I suppose it will injure the sale. Should you ever hear who wrote it, be so kind as to inform me.

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 12 April [1871].
See letter from John Murray, 12 April [1871] and nn. 2 and 3. CD’s letter to Ermanno Loescher in Turin has not been found.


Has no idea who wrote the Times review [of Descent]. Writer has no knowledge of science and "seems a windbag full of metaphysics & classics".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 220–1)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7680,” accessed on 24 October 2021,

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