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@QdeB (25 April 1861)


Darwin to J. L. A. Quatrefages de Bréau, 25 April 1861. Letter 3127: Darwin Correspondence Project
Briefly mentions Matthew’s work in a postscript on possible antecedents:

I have lately read M. Naudin’s paper; but it does not seem to me to anticipate me, as he does not shew how Selection could be applied under nature; but an obscure writer on Forest Trees, in 1830, in Scotland, most expressly & clearly anticipated my views — though he put the case so briefly, that no single person ever noticed the scattered passages in his book–

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