To R. F. Albrecht 16 October 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
I am much indebted to you for your kindness in writing to me & sending me the extracts.2 I formerly collected a good many facts bearing on the subject to which you refer, & have briefly touched on the subject in my Variation of Animals under Domestication Vol. 2. Chapt 22. p. 264.—3 I have there just alluded to my reasons for not believing that actual resemblances can thus originate, though of course I do not wish to deny that a strong mental shock, like any bodily injury, may cause an arrest of development in the embryo & thus induce various monstrosities.
With my thanks | I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks RFA for extracts.
Does not believe resemblances can be produced as RFA suggests, but would not deny that a strong mental shock may cause arrest of embryonic development and thus give rise to monstrosities.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Albrecht, R. F.
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