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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Newton   23 January [1867]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 23

My dear Sir

I thank you very sincerely for your very full & perfectly clear statement about the male plumage.1 I wish the evidence had been a little more distinct, though certainly from the several points which you mention, the probability of the truth of your view seems great. I will look to the papers in the Ibis to which you have been so good as to refer me.2 Your theory is to me so captivating that I much hope you will be able some day to prove it.3

With my cordial thanks for your very kind letter believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

CD discussed the instances of male birds that sat on eggs being smaller and less brightly coloured than females of the same species in Descent 2: 200–8.

Bibliography

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Summary

Thanks for the information about the male plumage. [See 5374.] Will look to the papers in Ibis to which AN has referred him. He finds AN’s theory captivating.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5376A
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Alfred Newton
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 185: 88
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5376A,” accessed on 19 October 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-5376A.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15

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