RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1882. [Fragment of an 1881 letter to F. M. Balfour]. Memorial to the late Professor Balfour. Cambridge Independent Press (4 November): 5.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 12.2019. RN2

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This purports to be a quotation from a 6 July 1881 letter to Francis Maitland Balfour. The wording differs from that in the original letter, now in the Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/21): "from you who I well know will some day be the chief of the English Biologists". See Correspondence vol. 29.


[page] 5

MEMORIAL TO THE LATE PROFESSOR BALFOUR.

MEETING AT THE UNION SOCIETY.

[...]

It was a letter from Charles Darwin thanking Balfour for the present to him of the second volume of "Comparitive Embryology," and Darwin, with his accustomed humility, said how unworthy he was to receive so great a work, and, he added, "from one whom I feel sure will one day be the first of English biologists." In that opinion Darwin was not alone.


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