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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-10576

To J. D. Hooker   10 August 1876

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Aug 10. 76

My dear Hooker

I enclose 4/8 stamps for the parcel. If not already dispatched please to remember to send it to Orpington Station.1 I am heartily glad to hear that the day of your marriage is fixed, & that before very long you will be tranquilly settled at Kew.2

I don’t know what Asa Gray means by his peculiar views unless it be about variation being led along certain definite lines, which as it seems to me would render natural selection quite superfluous. I have read some of the new theological matter, and I cannot say that makes my ideas much clearer; but everything he says is so clearly & pleasantly put that it is well worth reading.3

Frank won’t be able to be at Glasgow.4

Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin

Summary

Asa Gray’s directed variation would make natural selection superfluous.

CD has read new theological reconciliations of Darwinism and religion.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10576
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 95: 415–16
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10576,” accessed on 28 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10576

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