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Letter 1067

Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R.

[1 Mar 1847]

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    Will come to 7 Park St. on Wednesday for a palaver on distribution, species mutability, migration, etc.


3 Gt Ryder St


Dear Darwin

I shall be with you on Wednesday Morning at 7 Park Street but doubt reaching you before 9’30, as I must be home on Tuesday evening & there is no Buss before 812 from Kew; which would suit me well. I have an awful lot to talk about. What do you think of a Cape (exclusively) genus having turned up in Portugal. Granting mutation to your extent there ought to be reversions from aberrant forms or species to the original type or species: such occurring in distant localities would produce similar or identical species in said localities.—

All this will do better for a palaver. it is easier to me than migration. Your Gnats you know are my Camels & vice versa exactly. Any man with an average conscience must feel himself desperately hemmed & hedged in when reasoning on such

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    f1 1067.f1
    Dated by the relationship to the letters to J. D. Hooker, [28 February 1847] and [1 March 1847].
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    f2 1067.f2
    Matthew 23: 24, ‘Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.’
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