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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   14 February [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Feb 14

My dear Sir

I hope you will send a copy of Origin to the Pall Mall Gazette, as I hear that they intend reviewing it together with Mivart’s Genesis, at some considerable length;2 but I do not know who the reviewer is, or whether it is to be favourable or hostile—

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. W. Reade, 13 February 1872.
William Winwood Reade had informed CD that Origin 6th ed. and St George Jackson Mivart’s On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871a) were going to be reviewed in the Pall Mall Gazette (see letter from W. W. Reade, 13 February 1872 and n. 5).


Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Asks to have copy of Origin [6th ed.] sent to the Pall Mall Gazette for review with Mivart’s Genesis [of species (1871)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
London, Devonshire St, 9 Down letterhead
Source of text
Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (11 December 2007)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8212,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20