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Letter 12706

Darwin, C. R. to Balfour, F. M.

4 Sept 1880

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    Praises FMB's BAAS address [on embryology, Rep. BAAS 50 (1880): 636–44]. Recent progress of embryology splendid.

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    In work on plants, astonished at sensitivity of radicle and its power to transmit stimuli to adjoining part; such general sensitivity should be considered in genesis of nervous system.

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    Feels "malicious" pleasure at FMB's criticism of Herbert Spencer.

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