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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Lewes   7 August [1868]

The transcript of this letter is not yet available online.

Summary

Thinks GHL’s articles are quite excellent; hopes they will be republished.

Discusses adaptation. Doubts whether similar conditions without selection can produce similar organs independent of blood relationship: "resemblances due to descent and adaptation can commonly be distinguished".

Discusses luminous insects, electrical organs of fish, thorns and spines.

Summary

Thinks GHL’s articles are quite excellent; hopes they will be republished.

Discusses adaptation. Doubts whether similar conditions without selection can produce similar organs independent of blood relationship: "resemblances due to descent and adaptation can commonly be distinguished".

Discusses luminous insects, electrical organs of fish, thorns and spines.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6308
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
George Henry Lewes
Sent from
Freshwater
Source of text
DAR 185: 42; Argyll Papers (NRAS 1209/985)
Physical description
3pp, encl

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6308,” accessed on 3 March 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6308.xml

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

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