From John Lubbock 8 February 1859
11, Mansion House Street, | London, | E.C.
8 February 1859
Dear Mr Darwin
I am indeed sorry to hear so bad an account of you & of your daughter, & hope that change of air may do you both good. Beauy is going on very well, and we now quite hope to save half of the middle joint.1 It is a sad thing for him.
Many thanks for your suggestion which I like very much, but the conclusions to be made from the internal anatomy are very puzzling. How the present arrangement, for instance, of the vitellogenous cells is to be accounted for, I am at a loss to imagine. Unless indeed we cut the Gordian knot, by assuming a creation? Then again species very nearly allied (apparently) often present great differences in organs which we should have expected to find very similar. Thus Forficula auricularia has an ovary consisting of numerous short tubes, while in Labidoura gigantea the ovary is composed (according to Leon Dufour)2 of a few long eggtubes. What external circumstances can possibly have produced such great differences in animals so
Is sorry to hear of bad health of CD and his daughter.
Discusses, with an example, the difficulty of explaining structural differences between closely allied species.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2409,” accessed on 25 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2409