RECORD: Anon. 1881. [Review of Earthworms]. Exchanges. Journal of Forestry  (Dec.). CUL-DAR226.1.68[.1]. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2022. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.


One of the most interesting books which we ever perused, and one which every cultivator of the soil ought to read, is Dr. Charles Darwin's latest work, "The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Action of Earthworms. These lowly creatures receive but scant courtesy from the tillers of the soil when their presence is supposed to be prejudicial to crops, but after a study of Dr. Darwin's book we think they will view with greater leniency the somewhat repulsive appearance and troublesome habits of worms, which they will learn are more than redeemed by the important part they paly in the formation of the rich mould in which crops and plants of many kinds most delight to luxuriate. There are few books which will better repay perusal by the forester and every tiller of the earth, and we strongly commend it to all who are interested in productiveness of soils, as well as to those who devote their attention to the wonderful workings of the lower forms of creation for the benefit of man and animated nature.

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