To H. W. Bates 22 February 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Bates
I thank you very sincerely for your two letters which are of the utmost value to me.2 You have done me a real good service in bringing the question of sexes before the Entomolog. Soc.3 and I have already received capital letters from Messrs. Stainton & Trimen.4 The whole subject is extremely complicated but I have faith that I shall come to some sort of result by comparing numerous observations.
I shall be in London early in March when I will call on you so you will not be pestered for a time by more letters.5 When I see you I shall want to hear whether the males of the horned coprophagous or Lamellicorn Beetles are larger than the females;6 Kirby says that this is the case with the Dynastidæ.7
With cordial thanks | believe me, yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
I cannot find any well-marked cases of different colouration in the sexes of Orthoptera.—8 When we meet I shall be glad to hear, if you know of any.—
It seems that the poor infant Pangenesis will expire, unblessed & uncussed by the world, but I have faith in a future & better world for the poor dear child!9 One man alone has ventured a word on subject, viz Sir H. Holland & he says he has read it twice & thinks that some doctrine “closely akin to it” will have to be admitted.10 How all our minds differ. The great God Pan. has been an immense relief to my mind.
Ever yours | C.D
Thanks HWB for bringing "the question of sexes" before the Entomological Society. Feels he will come to some conclusion by comparison of numerous observations.
It appears Pangenesis "will expire unblessed and uncursed by the world".
- negative attitude/assessment
- number, increase and decrease
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5914,” accessed on 22 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5914