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Darwin Correspondence Project

From A. R. Wallace   13 December 1876

The transcript of this letter is not yet available online.

Summary

Responds to CD’s new work [Cross and self-fertilisation]. Suggests results might have been more convincing if CD had measured weights instead of heights. The fact that infertile hybrids have not been produced means that the "one great objection" has not been got rid of: the physiological characteristic of species. Suggests an experiment to produce "sterile mongrels" which would remove objection.

Summary

Responds to CD’s new work [Cross and self-fertilisation]. Suggests results might have been more convincing if CD had measured weights instead of heights. The fact that infertile hybrids have not been produced means that the "one great objection" has not been got rid of: the physiological characteristic of species. Suggests an experiment to produce "sterile mongrels" which would remove objection.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10717
From
Alfred Russel Wallace
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Dorking
Source of text
DAR 106: B130–1
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10717,” accessed on 23 June 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10717

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24

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