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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Moritz Wagner   13 October 1876

The transcript of this letter is not yet available online.

Summary

Comments on essays by MW [Das Ausland, May 1875]. Criticises his theory of isolation as source of species change: "But my strongest objection to your theory is that it does not explain the manifold adaptations in structure in every organic being". Believes MW has misunderstood his views: "I believe that all the individuals of a species can be slowly modified within the same district … I do not believe that one species will give birth to two or more new species, as long as they are mingled together within the same district."

Summary

Comments on essays by MW [Das Ausland, May 1875]. Criticises his theory of isolation as source of species change: "But my strongest objection to your theory is that it does not explain the manifold adaptations in structure in every organic being". Believes MW has misunderstood his views: "I believe that all the individuals of a species can be slowly modified within the same district … I do not believe that one species will give birth to two or more new species, as long as they are mingled together within the same district."

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10643
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Moritz Friedrich (Moritz) Wagner
Sent from
Bassett Down letterhead
Source of text
DAR 148: 198; LL 3: 159
Physical description
2pp inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10643,” accessed on 22 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10643.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24

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