More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1

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Author: Charles Darwin

Letter 82. Francis Galton to Charles Darwin. 42, Rutland Gate, London, S.W., December 9th, 1859.

Pray let me add a word of congratulation on the completion of your wonderful volume, to those which I am sure you will have received from every side. I have laid it down in the full enjoyment of a feeling that one rarely experiences after boyish days, of having been initiated into an entirely new province of knowledge, which, nevertheless, connects itself with other things in a thousand ways. I hear you are engaged on a second edition. There is a trivial error in page 68, about rhinoceroses (82/1. Down (loc. cit.) says that neither the elephant nor the rhinoceros is destroyed by beasts of prey. Mr. Galton wrote that the wild dogs hunt the young rhinoceros and "exhaust them to death; they pursue them all day long, tearing at their ears, the only part their teeth can fasten on." The reference to the rhinoceros is omitted in later editions of the "Origin."), which I thought I might as well point out, and have taken advantage of the same opportunity to scrawl down half a dozen other notes, which may, or may not, be worthless to you.

(83/1. The three next letters refer to Huxley’s lecture on Evolution, given at the Royal Institution on February 10th, 1860, of which the peroration is given in "Life and Letters," II., page 282, together with some letters on the subject.)

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Chicago: Charles Darwin, "Letter 82. Francis Galton to Charles Darwin. 42, Rutland Gate, London, S.W., December 9th, 1859.," More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1, ed. Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941 and trans. Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866 in More Letters of Charles Darwin Original Sources, accessed January 25, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48NP585ZSGVSXIQ.

MLA: Darwin, Charles. "Letter 82. Francis Galton to Charles Darwin. 42, Rutland Gate, London, S.W., December 9th, 1859." More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1, edited by Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941, and translated by Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866, in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1, Original Sources. 25 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48NP585ZSGVSXIQ.

Harvard: Darwin, C, 'Letter 82. Francis Galton to Charles Darwin. 42, Rutland Gate, London, S.W., December 9th, 1859.' in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1, ed. and trans. . cited in , More Letters of Charles Darwin. Original Sources, retrieved 25 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48NP585ZSGVSXIQ.