To H. W. Bates 9 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I have been talking in London with Sir C. Lyell & he told me facts showing that there almost certainly must have been a Glacial Miocene period!2 In N. Italy he has seen huge boulders embedded with Miocene shells!—3
I saw at B. Museum the admirable mimetic case of Philippine Longicorn & Curculia— Really wonderful.— The gentlemen at the Museum sucked in your doctrine in explanation as easily as mother’s milk.4 I saw, also, there Mr Baily(?) & he showed me the generative organs of closely allied Chrysomelæ— on my word it is a very curious & unpleasant case, for he vows that these parts never vary.—5 Dr. Günther, I find, is the candidate for place in B. Museum, & I apprehend no one would have a chance against him.—6 I hear also with much surprise that a candidate would have to pass a civil-service examination.—7
Good Night | I am tired— | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Referring to conversation with Lyell, CD is certain that there was a Miocene glacial period.
Compliments HWB on the mimetic display at the British Museum. Those at the Museum readily accepted HWB’s "doctrine".
Was shown genital organs of closely allied Chrysomelidae.
Albert Günther is candidate for position at Museum.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description
- close species
- fertilisation and generation
- geological time, epochs
- positive attitude/assessment
- specimens / samples
- structural characters
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3540,” accessed on 25 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3540