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Letter 4239

Darwin, C. R. to Dobell, H. B.

17 July [1864]

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    Thanks HBD for his note. The analogy of surnames had not occurred to CD – only that of language generally, as shown so well by Lyell. Fears HBD's argument about progression would not have much weight.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

July 17th

My dear Sir

I write merely a line to thank you for your note.— The analogy of surnames had not occurred to me, only language generally, as has been well shown by Sir C. Lyell.—

With respect to progression, I fear the argument wd not have much weight, unless a man was already convinced—

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


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    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. B. Dobell, 15 July 1864.
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    Letter from H. B. Dobell, 15 July 1864.
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    Charles Lyell discussed the analogy between languages and species in Antiquity of man (see C. Lyell 1863a, pp. 454--70). See also Descent 1: 59--62.
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