RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1870-1871]. Draft of Descent, Chapt I, folio 27. CUL-DAR157.23. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 5.2023. 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. The volume CUL-DAR157 consists of Darwin book draft leaves that were preserved by the family. The text of the draft corresponds to Descent 1: 52.



Chapt. I

clamour the troops rush furiously against each other. Brehm, when accompanying the Duke of Coburg-Gotha in Abyssinia was himself a witness in the pass of Mensa of an attack with fire-arms, began by his party on a troop of baboons. These animals in return rolled so many stones, some as large as a man's head, down the mountain, that the attackers had to beat a quick hasty retreat; & the pass was actually for a time closed actually against the caravan which followed. It deserves notice that these baboons apparently acted in concert. Wallace *(19) on three occasions saw female Orangs, with accompanied by their young, begin "breaking off branches & the great spiny fruit of a Durian tree, with every appearance of rage; & causing such a shower of missiles, as effectually kept us from approaching too near the tree.")

(In the Zoological Gardens I saw a monkey

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