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From Henry Holland   4 November [1870]1

72 Brook Street

Nov 4th

My dear Charles,

A few lines, merely to say that a month this autumn in Jamaica, & other W. Indian Islands, has brought me still-more closely within the circle of your doctrine, both as regards the vegetable & the human world. I had no adequate idea before of the luxuriant struggle of tropical vegetation, & of that wonderful parasitic life which plays so large a part in it.

I am interrupted here, but had little indeed more to say than this.

Ever your’s affecy | H Holland


The year is established by Holland’s reference to the West Indies: he visited the West Indies in 1870 (Holland 1872, pp. 43, 313).


Holland, Henry. 1872. Recollections of past life. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.


A month in the West Indies, where he saw the luxuriant struggle of tropical vegetation, has brought HH "still more closely within the circle" of CD’s doctrine.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Holland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Brook St, 72
Source of text
DAR 166: 251
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7357,” accessed on 27 February 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18