To T. C. Eyton 4 March 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [9 Devonshire Street, London.]
I know that you disbelieve in evolution, & therefore it is all the kinder your sending me the note about the Ducks. It is curious how much easier it seems to be for plumage to alter than any other visible character.2
If you continue testing facts as favouring or opposed to the principle of evolution, I think that you will become a convert; but whether you will believe in natural selection is another question.— If you do not, you will, I believe, find it impossible to account for the innumerable adaptive structures everywhere to be seen.— It is really astonishing how rarely I now meet with any naturalist who does not admit evolution under some form.—
Pray believe me, dear Eyton | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for facts about ducks.
Thinks TCE will be converted to principle of evolution if he continues testing facts for and against it. Natural selection is another question.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Eyton, T. C.
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- Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/43)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8235,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8235