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Darwin Correspondence Project

To H. D. Garrison   29 April 1880

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Ap. 29th 1880

Dear Sir

I thank you for your very kind note & for sending me the interesting case of inheritance, which I have been glad to see, though it is not likely that I shall again write on the subject1

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


Garrison’s letter has not been found; the case of inheritance has not been identified. CD had collected reports of cases of inheritance of acquired characters when he was working on Variation, Descent, and Expression.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Thanks for the interesting case of inheritance.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Herod Dailey Garrison
Sent from
Source of text
Spike Tyson (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12594F,” accessed on 1 February 2023,