To George Warington 7 October 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I hope that you will not think me presumptuous if I cannot resist the pleasure of telling you how much I admire your argument of the origin of species in the Transact. of the Victoria Institute.2 The whole case strikes me as placed in the clearest & most spirited light; & I have no where seen so good an abstract. I quite agree with your Chairman that you have put the whole argument better than I have done.3 But I disagree with you, & it is the only point on which I do disagree, when you say that there is nothing in your article original.4 As I am writing I will ask you two questions, but if you cannot answer them easily, pray do not take any trouble on the subject; Firstly. Where have you seen an account of inherited baldness & deficient nails; & 2ndly of the case of the plane which sent up an evergreen sucker or shoot.5
With sincere admiration of your powers of reasoning & illustration I beg leave to remain dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin
P.S. I am charmed with Mr Ince’s argument that the ark was much too big to hold only half a dozen primordial types.6 Mr Ince wd fully appreciate a simple & beautiful theory which Admiral Fitz Roy published some years ago on the extinction of the Ante-diluvial gigantic quadrupeds, namely that the door of the ark was made too small for them to get in7
Admires his paper ["On the credibility of Darwinism", J. Trans. Victoria Inst. 2 (1867): 39–62, and discussion 63–125].
Ridicules William H. Ince and Admiral FitzRoy on their naive ideas about Noah’s ark.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5642,” accessed on 19 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5642