To George Howard Darwin 27 May 1
My dear George
I have got to think that perhaps a better name cd be made for my hypothesis than Pangenesis.2 Cell-genesis wd be perfect if it cd be put into Greek. Atom-genesis or particle-gen—or tissue-gen—might do.
Now do you know any really good Classic who cd suggest any Greek word expressing cell, & which cd be united with genesis? The cells referred to are such as form the tissue of plants. I shd be sorry for a very long word, yet Partheno-gen. & Agamo-gen—have been extensively used. Perhaps I shall have to stick to Pan—
yours affectly | Ch Darwin
CD has come to think a name better than "Pangenesis" is needed. Asks GHD to get a suggestion from a classics scholar. "Cell-genesis wd be perfect if it cd be put into Greek."
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5553,” accessed on 23 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5553