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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-8108A

To Henry Lee   17 December [1871]

London

Dec 17th

My dear Sir

I must have expressed myself very stupidly. I did not mean to express any opinion on what the species was, but merely referred to the range of L. australis.1 On my return home in a few days, I suppose that I shall find the specimens & will look at them; but the subject has gone much out of my mind; & my health is so weak, & I am so overwhelmed with proof-sheets & other work, that I hope you will excuse me not investigating the specimens closely.2

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully| Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The letter from Lee has not been found, but see the letter to Henry Lee, 26 November 1871 and n. 2. CD refers to Lepas australis.
2
Lee evidently sent specimens to Down for CD to identify. CD was correcting proof-sheets of Origin 6th ed. (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).

Summary

Apologises for expressing himself stupidly [see 8086a]. He did not mean to give an opinion on what the species was, but merely referred to the range of L. australis. CD will look at specimens, but "the subject has gone much out of my mind; & my health is so weak, & I am so overwhelmed with proof-sheets & other work" that he hopes to be excused if he does not investigate the specimens closely.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8108A
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Lee, Henry
Sent from
London
Source of text
Walter R. Benjamin, May 1988
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8108A,” accessed on 25 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8108A

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