DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin"), 1 p, 8vo (conjoined blank),
Lot 1056
DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin"), 1 p, 8vo (conjoined blank),
Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium

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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin"), 1 p, 8vo (conjoined blank), Down, January 14, 1879, to C.H. Blackley, with holograph transmittal envelope. Matted with steel-engraved portrait.
Provenance: formerly in the collection of Dr T.B. Robinson.

DARWIN ON THE HUMOR OF HUMAN ORIGINS. Darwin thanks Blackley for sharing an amusing anecdote from the provinces. Blackley had written just the day before to relate the story of a scientific lecture being given outside Lancashire. One of the attending youths, presumably to show off in front of the girls, had told them about Darwin's theory of evolution. One girl queried the lecturer on the truth of there being a man in London who claims men are descended from monkeys. On receiving a measured reply to the effect that Darwin has made a sound argument and that the change took place over a very long period of time, the girl replied that she didn't care how it was explained but that if it were true that men are descended from monkeys she is something glad that she is not a man!
Darwin calls the girl's notion, "certainly a very ridiculous one." Darwin Correspondence Project letter no 11826F.
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