To H. B. Dobell 17 July 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I write merely a line to thank you for your note.—2 The analogy of surnames had not occurred to me, only language generally, as has been well shown by Sir C. Lyell.—3
With respect to progression, I fear the argument wd not have much weight, unless a man was already convinced—
My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks HBD for his note. The analogy of surnames had not occurred to CD – only that of language generally, as shown so well by Lyell. Fears HBD’s argument about progression would not have much weight.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4239,” accessed on 28 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4239