From Henry Holland 2 January 1865
Jany. 2d. | 1865
My dear Charles,
First, let this note convey to yourself, & to all your family, my earnest good wishes for the year just begun, & for all & many years succeeding it.1 Receive these wishes as equally cordial & sincere; but do not occupy your time in answering them. I shall understand the reciprocity of kind feeling, without troubling you to write it.
Next, let me thank you for the paper on the 3 forms of the Lythrum Salicaria & their sexual relations2—a most curious research; & showing further (if further proof were needful) that it is to the primal mystery of Generation that we must look for explanation of the phenomena of Life, & the succession of Life on the Earth.— It is hard to say how far we can ever get into this mystery; but your researches run in the right road.—3
I despair of being ever told, in the shape of a physical law, why the nose of the Grandson is a copy of the Grandfathers, with another configuration of nose between.
You have probably seen Cobbold’s curious statement (in his book on Entozoa) of the 4 successive stages of development, & successive habitats, of the tape-worm species4
The allusion to these things carries me back in memory, to your capital monograph on the Cirripeds, & their parasitic & bi-sexual peculiarities.5
I write hastily, but ever, my dear Charles, your’s affy | H Holland
P.S. | I gladly see that you are inducting your Son into your researches6
The D. of Argyll sent me a few days ago his Address as President of the R Society of Edinburgh—chiefly occupied with the question of Origin of Species7
Thanks for Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].
T. S. Cobbold’s book on the Entozoa .
Remarks on development of the tapeworm.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4735,” accessed on 28 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4735