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From Emma Darwin to Patrick Matthew   21 November [1863]


CD is too ill to write.

As for natural selection, he is more faithful to PM’s "own original child" than PM is himself. To illustrate, CD relates the metaphor of an architect selecting well-shaped stones and rejecting ill-shaped ones. [See Variation 2: 431.]

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Matthew
Date:  21 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (Acc.10963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4344