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Darwin Correspondence Project

To St G. J. Mivart   23 April [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

April 23d

My dear Sir

I write merely one word to thank you very much for so promptly answering my note.—2 I cannot conceive what made me write down in my notes what I did about your opinion, but I saw that it was not to be trusted.— I hope that you will continue your wonderfully laborious & valuable labours on the Primates.—3 Whenever I publish my book I can see that I shall meet with universal disapprobation, if not execration.—4 The truth is hard to gain, however much one may try.—

With many thanks Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from St G. J. Mivart, 22 April 1870.
CD refers to Mivart 1865, 1866a, 1866b, and 1867.
CD refers to Descent.


Thanks StGJM for prompt answer correcting inaccuracies in CD’s notes on StGJM’s opinions. Expects "universal disapprobation" when he publishes Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
St George Jackson Mivart
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.375)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7171,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18