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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-5436

To James Paget   11 March [1863]

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

March 11th

Dear Paget

I shd. be very glad to insert in my Chapt. on inheritance the following sentence, as it comes in well after some other facts.1 Do you object? And have I quoted the facts accurately?2 If I receive no answer I will assume that it is accurate, & that I have your permission.—

“Many persons, as I hear from Mr Paget, have two or three hairs in their eye-brows (apparently corresponding with the vibrissœ of the lower animals) much longer than the others; and even so trifling a peculiarity as this runs in families.”—

I wish I could hear of any case of inherited peculiarities in eye-lashes.—

Pray believe me | Dear Paget | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

1
CD wrote drafts of the chapters on inheritance for Variation (Variation 2: 1–84) between 23 January and 1 April 1863 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)); the sentence appears in Variation 2: 8.
2
No earlier correspondence on this subject has been found; CD apparently discussed it with Paget while he was in London in February (see letter from James Paget, 7 February 1863). See also letter from James Paget, 16 March 1863.

Summary

Sends a sentence, quoting JP, on inherited peculiarities in eye-brows. Asks whether he may use it in his chapter on inheritance [Variation, ch. 12].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5436
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Paget, James
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (MSS 405A, Special collections, Dibner)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5436,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5436

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