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Letter 7357

Holland, Henry to Darwin, C. R.

4 Nov [1870]


A month in the West Indies, where he saw the luxuriant struggle of tropical vegetation, has brought HH “still more closely within the circle” of CD’s doctrine.


72 Brook Street

Nov 4th

My dear Charles,

A few lines, merely to say that a month this autumn in Jamaica,& other W. Indian Islands, has brought me still-more closely withinthe circle of your doctrine, both as regards the vegetable & the humanworld. I had no adequate idea before of the luxuriant struggle of tropicalvegetation, & of that wonderful parasitic life which plays so largea part in it.

I am interrupted here, but had little indeed more to say than this.

Ever your’s affecy | H Holland

DAR 166: 251



The year is established by Holland’s reference to the West Indies: hevisited the West Indies in 1870 (Holland 1872, pp. 43, 313).
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