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From Asa Gray   14 January [1868]1

Jany. 14th.

Dear Darwin

I have some time ago read sheets of 2d vol. up to p. 416— Next sheet & title alone wanted. Have read—in snatches up to Pangenesis—but not that yet.2

Yours ever. | A. Gray


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Asa Gray, 18 November 1867 (Correspondence vol. 15).
CD had begun sending sheets of the first volume of Variation to Gray in October 1867 (see Correspondence vol. 15, letter to Asa Gray, 16 October [1867]). Chapter 27 (Variation 2: 357–404) was headed ‘Provisional hypothesis of pangenesis’.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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


Has read sheets of Variation up to Pangenesis.

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Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 165: 160
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5786,” accessed on 27 May 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16