Has anyone come across "Evolutionary concepts in the nineteenth century.
Natural selection and Patrick Matthew" by W. J. Dempster? I picked up a copy
the other day (it's just come out as 2nd edition).
Seems as though Matthew outlined Natural Selection (in a form) in an appendix
to a book called "Naval Timber and Arboriculture". The author seems to be
trying to affect an academic style, but only (on the basis of the first 80 or
so pages) seems to circle around a number of derogatory comments about Darwin
and his friends.
Anyone heard of this guy Dempster?