Refers GH to vol. 2, p. 431 of Variation for the "perplexed conclusion" at which CD has arrived on variation and design. Has nothing to add to this statement.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear M
If you will take the trouble to look at p. 431 Vol. 2. of my Variation of Animals under Domestication, you will find the perplexed conclusion at which I have arrived in relation to variation & design.— To this statement I have nothing to add.—
Pray believe me | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 8099.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Henslow, 5 December 1871.
- f2 8099.f2In Variation 2: 431--2, CD remarked on the difficulty of reconciling the operation of natural selection on randomly occurring variations with belief in an omnipotent and omniscient creator. He concluded: `We are brought face to face with a difficulty as insoluble as is that of free will and predestination.'