To Charles Lyell 2 February 
My dear Lyell
I have thought you would like to read enclosed passage in letter from A. Gray (who is printing his Reviews as pamphlet & will send copies to England), as I think his account is really favourable in high degree to us.—1
“I wish I had time to write you an account of the very absurd lengths to which Bowen & Agassiz—each in their own way—are going.2 The first denying all heredity (all transmission except specific) whatever.3 The second coming near to deny that we are genetically descended from our grt-grt-grandfather; & insisting that evidently affiliated languages e.g. Latin Greek Sanscrit owe none of their similarities to a community of origin,—are all autochtonal.4 Agassiz (foolish man) admits that the derivation of languages & that of Species or forms stand on the same foundation, & that he must allow the latter if he allows the former,—which I tell him is perfectly logical.”
Is this not marvellous.?
Ever yours | C. Darwin
I sent Calcutta Review a couple of days ago.—5
Quotes passage from letter from Asa Gray dealing with views of Francis Bowen on heredity and Agassiz "(foolish man)" on heredity and languages.
Sent CL the Calcutta Review [with Edward Blyth’s review of Origin, 35 (1860): 64–88].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3054,” accessed on 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3054