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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   13 July [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 13

My dear Mr Murray

Many thanks for your kind present of the Q. Review. I have read only a few pages; but I see it is a cutting article, & apparently worthy of Mr. Mivart’s skill.2

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to St George Jackson Mivart’s anonymous review of Descent (see n. 2, below).
Mivart’s review of Descent was published in the Quarterly Review for July 1871 ([Mivart] 1871c). Murray was the publisher of the Quarterly Review.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks JM for Quarterly Review. Its "cutting" article [on Descent, 131 (1871): 47–90] is worthy of Mivart’s skill.

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. 248–9)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7863,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

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