RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1872. Bree on Darwinism. Nature. A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Science 6 (8 August): 279.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, OCRed, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8, textual corrections by Sue Asscher 3.2007. RN3

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Bree on Darwinism

PERMIT me to state—though the statement is almost superfluous—that Mr. Wallace, in his review of Dr. Bree's work,1 gives with perfect correctness what I intended to express, and what I believe was expressed clearly, with respect to the probable position of man in the early part of his pedigree. As I have not seen Dr. Bree's recent work, and as his letter is unintelligible to me, I cannot even conjecture how he has so completely mistaken my meaning: but, perhaps, no one who has read Mr. Wallace's article, or who has read a work formerly published by Dr. Bree on the same subject as his recent one, will be surprised at any amount of misunderstanding on his part.


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1 Wallace 1872. Charles Robert Bree (1811-1886), physician, zoologist and anti-Darwinian. Bree 1872. See LL 3: 167. Raphael Meldola also replied to Bree in a letter following Darwin's. It can be read in the image view.

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