RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1882. [Quotation from a letter on civilizing the Fuegians]. Leisure Hour p. 533.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 8.2008. RN1

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Civilisation.—"I had always thought that the civilisation of Japan was the most wonderful thing in history; but I am now convinced that what the missionaries have done in Terra del Fuego, in civilising the natives, is equally wonderful."— Charles Darwin in a letter to Admiral Sir B. J. Sullivan.1

1 This is an extract from Darwin's 3 January 1880 letter to Sulivan. Calendar 12399. For Darwin's interest in the South American Mission, and the context for the first publication of this letter, see Life and letters, vol. 3, pp. 127-8.

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