To T. H. Huxley 13 [March 1859]1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Huxley
Very sincere thanks for your note, which tells me everything which I wanted.2
I am very glad to hear about the serially modified & homologous parts in the Radiata. Your sketch of one of the Diphydæ or Physophoridæ seems as good a case as any plant. I cannot remember, (though such is my memory I may have read it lately & have forgotten it) any remarks on the serial homologies of the Radiata; & I was astonished at this & hoped it might be that there was not much indefinite repetition of homologous parts, but how I forgot such a case as Tænia & some of the others you allude to, I cannot tell. In my ignorance I had looked at Echinus & Asterias as a definite repetition of one whorl of only 5 quasi-leaves, like the two halves of the body in annelids or Vertebrates &c.—
I have to allude to this subject, because the ideal morphologies of naturalists, are on my notions, real changes in the course of time from one part or organ into another.3
With many thanks | Yours very truly | C. Darwin
I entirely agree with your remarks on Agassiz’s Essay on Classification: it is all utterly impracticable rubbish, about his grades &c &c.4 But, alas, when you read, what I have written on this subject, you will be just as savage with me.
Thanks for THH’s examples of serially modified and homologous parts in Radiata. Cannot understand how he forgot such cases.
Agassiz’s Essay on classification  utterly impracticable rubbish.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 258)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2430,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2430