RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1974. [Letter to W. E. Darwin, [after 11 November 1871]]. Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc. Catalogue of autograph letters and historical documents. 11 June. New York.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2023. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Freeman Bibliographical Database, enter its Identifier here. The auction house mistook the 'W' for William, Darwin's eldest son, for Alfred Russel Wallace. But this is quite impossible, Darwin never addressed Wallace by such a familiar abbreviation.



Autograph Letter signed. 8vo. 2 pages

To W. [A.R. Wallace?].

"My Dear W., You can if you think fit, send enclosed to Capt. Jones & this will save you trouble. No doubt proof will reach you soon—The new chapt. 7 I daresay will need to be much corrected by me—I do not think much of Cope's essay, which I read long ago. He writes very obscurely, but is an excellent naturalist. He looks, following Agassiz, at a genus as something essentially distinct from a species, which I believe to be quite an error . . ."

Edward Drinkwater Cope was an American naturalist who followed the tenents of Lamarck and Agassiz contrary to Darwin's own theories on the origin of the species.

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