To W. H. Flower 25 March 1
Down Beckenham | Kent
My dear Mr Flower
I am much obliged to you for having sent me yr Lecture, of which I had heard & was anxious to see. It strikes me as in every way very good & very well written. I am sure I feel much obliged to you for the highly honourable manner in which you mention my name.2
The feet of the Koala & Kangoroo is one of the most beautiful cases I ever heard of.3 Such facts will do more to convince unbelievers than pages of general reasoning. I am glad you noticed the curiously false argument in the Month about the teeth of the dog & Thylacinus: I had selected this in my M.S. as an excellent instance of analogical resemblance.4 I cd have answered, I think satisfactorily, many of the objections advanced in this article; but my whole time wd be wasted if I once began to answer objectors.
With very sincere thanks for the great interest & instruction which you have afforded me Pray believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin P.S.How curiously inaccurate the author of article in “The Month” is in some respects— He speaks of similarity of teeth of Thylacinus & Canis as being so great as to bespeak community of descent, & what a profound difference in essential nature in incisors & premolars & molars!5
How odd with the giraffe— but it is not worth writing.—
Thanks WHF for his very good lecture.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- William Henry Flower
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- Source of text
- John Innes Foundation Historical Collections; DAR 270.1: 24
- Physical description