Thanks HWB for bringing "the question of sexes" before the Entomological Society. Feels he will come to some conclusion by comparison of numerous observations.
It appears Pangenesis "will expire unblessed and uncursed by the world".
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Bates
I thank you very sincerely for your two letters which are of the
utmost value to me. You have done me a real good service in
bringing the question of sexes before the Entomolog. Soc. and I
have already received capital letters from Mess
I shall be in London early in March when I will call on you so you will not be pestered for a time by more letters. When I see you I shall want to hear whether the males of the horned coprophagous or Lamellicorn Beetles are larger than the females; Kirby says that this is the case with the Dynastidæ.
With cordial thanks | believe me, yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
I cannot find any well-marked cases of different colouration in the sexes of Orthoptera.— When we meet I shall be glad to hear, if you know of any.—
It seems that the poor infant Pangenesis will expire, unblessed & uncussed by the world, but I have faith in a future & better world for the poor dear child! One man alone has ventured a word on subject, viz Sir H. Holland & he says he has read it twice & thinks that some doctrine ``closely akin to it'' will have to be admitted. How all our minds differ. The great God Pan. has been an immense relief to my mind.
Ever yours | C.D
- f1 5914.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. W. Bates, 18 February 1868.
- f2 5914.f2See letters from H. W. Bates, 18 February 1868 and 21 February 1868.
- f3 5914.f3See letter from H. W. Bates, 18 February 1868 and n. 1.
- f4 5914.f4Henry Tibbats Stainton and Roland Trimen. See letter from H. T. Stainton, 20 February 1868, and letter from Roland Trimen, 20 February 1868.
- f5 5914.f5CD was in London from 3 March to 1 April (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)).
- f6 5914.f6Coprophagous beetles: i.e. dung-beetles (families Geotrupidae and Scarabaeidae). In Descent 1: 347, CD noted that male stag beetles (Lucanus) were larger than females .
- f7 5914.f7CD refers to the description of Dynastidae (rhinoceros beetles) in Kirby and Spence 1815--26, 3: 299--300. CD's copy of this book is extensively annotated (see Marginalia 1: 447--57). The passage describing male and female Dynastidae is double-scored.
- f8 5914.f8CD discussed coloration in the Orthoptera (crickets, grasshoppers, etc.) in Descent 1: 360--1.
- f9 5914.f9The reference is to CD's provisional hypothesis of heredity, presented in Variation 2: 357--404.
- f10 5914.f10See letter from Henry Holland, 11 February .