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Darwin Correspondence Project

To George Harris   12 February 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Feb 12— 1874

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your extremely kind letter.1 I have read the proof sheets, but have no criticisms worth sending.2 I am however not sure that I fully agree with you on all points. On so obscure a subject as the distinction between actions performed through instinct, habit & intellect, I suppose that hardly two men would fully agree.

With my best wishes that your new work may be in every way successful I remain dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Harris had sent CD proof-sheets of his book A philosophical treatise on the nature and constitution of man (Harris 1876).


Harris, George. 1876. A philosophical treatise on the nature and constitution of man. 2 vols. London: George Bell & Sons. Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, & Co.


Has read GH’s proofs and, although not entirely in agreement, has no criticisms worth sending.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9284,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22