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.
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 w
My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4239.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. B. Dobell, 15 July 1864.
- f2 4239.f2Letter from H. B. Dobell, 15 July 1864.
- f3 4239.f3Charles 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.