Blyth's effort to raise money for a Chinese expedition.
Comments on free-will in animals.
Says natural selection is not in the same category with Huxley's "force" and "matter".
Discusses remarkable variation in period of gestation in dogs and ducks.
Discusses Arctic flora.
Has been working on orchids; they beat woodpeckers in adaptation.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Lyell
I send Blyth— it is a dreadful hand-writing—the passage is on p. 4.— In former note he told me he feared there was hardly chance of getting money for Chinese Expedition & spoke of your kindness.—
Many thanks for your long & interesting letter. I wonder, admire & thank you for your patience in writing so much.— I rather demur to Deinosaurus not having ``free will'', as surely as we have.— I demur, also, to your putting Huxleys ``force & matter'' in same category with natural selection. The latter may of course be quite false view, but surely it is not getting beyond our depths to first causes.—
It is truly very remarkable that the gestation of hound sh
Hooker has told me nothing about his explanation of few Arctic forms; I knew the fact
before.— I had speculated on what I presume from what you say,
his explanation; but there must have been at all times an Arctic
region.— I f
I have been doing some most interesting work with Orchids.— Talk of adaptation in Woodpeckers—some of the Orchids beat it.— I showed the case to Elizabeth Wedgwood & her remark was ``now you have upset your own book, for you won't persuade me that this could be effected by nat. selection''.—
Yours affect | C. Darwin
- f1 2838.f1The letter from Edward Blyth has not been found. CD had enclosed a copy of a passage from it in the letter to Charles Lyell, 14 [June 1860]. Lyell had apparently asked to see the whole letter.
- f2 2838.f2Letter from Charles Lyell, 19 June 1860.
- f3 2838.f3See letter to Charles Lyell, 17 June , and letter from Charles Lyell, 19 June 1860.
- f4 2838.f4Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood was Emma Darwin's older sister. She lived in Hartfield, Sussex.