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To Charles Kingsley   6 February [1862]


Comments on CK’s letter [3426].

Identifies species of pigeon shot by party.

On CK’s "grand and awful" notion of genealogy of man, CD recalls how revolting was the thought that his ancestors must have been like the Fuegians. His present belief that they were hairy beasts is less revolting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), 19th Century rare Book and Photograph Shop (dealer) (March 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3439

From Charles Kingsley   31 January 1862


CK defended CD’s theory at a shooting party with the Bishop of Oxford, the Duke of Argyll, and Lord Ashburton. The discussion started as a result of shooting some blue rock-pigeons which were different from blue rocks of other localities. CK held that all pigeons were descended from one species.

CK proposed that mythological races, e.g., elves and dwarfs, were intermediate species between man and apes, and have become extinct by natural selection; i.e., by competition with a superior white race of man.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 169.1: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3426
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