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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   [30 July 1874]1

[Bassett, Southampton.]

Thursday Even

My dear G

Postman will go in one minute.— I will write tomorrow, but write now only to express my most decided opinion that your letter shd. by no means give sketch of your essay only a most explicit denial & do not allude to me.2

yours | C. D.


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from G. H. Darwin, 29 July 1874. CD arrived at William Erasmus Darwin’s home in Bassett, Southampton, on Thursday 30 July 1874 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
CD refers to the letter George was planning to write to the Quarterly Review in response to remarks made on his work in [Mivart] 1874, p. 70 (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 29 July 1874 and nn. 1 and 3).


[Mivart, St George Jackson.] 1874b. Primitive man: Tylor and Lubbock. [Essay review of the works of John Lubbock and Edward Burnett Tylor.] Quarterly Review 137 (1874): 40–77.


Hasty note to express his most decided opinion that letter [to Q. Rev.] should not give a sketch of GHD’s essay – only an explicit denial "& do not allude to me".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 26
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9576,” accessed on 4 August 2021,

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