To John Lubbock 30 [March? 1858]1
I have told Mr Busk that I have returned the paper to you.2 I shall not be easy till you send me briefest scrap to say that you have received it from me; for it would be so dreadful if it were lost.— Will you send it back to Linnean Socy.—
What an admirable & philosophical paper it is! I have sent your remark to Mr Busk to be given to Huxley.—3 I have, also, sent some criticisms to Busk, to be communicated to H. if he concurs with my opinion; which is to condense the discussion versus Owen’s theory.4
I do not like the introduction & comparison with man so remote in scale of nature.5 Still less do I like sentence about the maidens having epidermic Babies.—very well for a Review.—6 It is a grand paper—how very curious the comparison with vertebrates, & how satisfactory the homologies of all Articulata.—7
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
Comments and criticisms on JL’s paper [possibly: "On the development of Chloëon dimidiatum", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 24 (1863): 61–78].
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2397,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2397