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To George Busk, Linnean Society1   30 March [1858]2

Down Bromley Kent

March 30th

Dear Sir

I can have no hesitation in expressing my strong opinion that the whole of Mr. Huxley’s admirable paper on the Agamic Reproduction & Embryology of Aphis, together with all the illustrations, ought to be published in the Transactions of the Linnean Society.3

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin To | G. Busk Ere | Secretary Linnean Socy.—


George Busk was the under-secretary of the Linnean Society in 1858.
Dated by the reference to T. H. Huxley 1858 (see n. 3, below).
Thomas Henry Huxley had read the first part of a paper on parthenogenesis in aphids at a meeting of the Linnean Society on 5 November 1857 (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to T. H. Huxley, [before 12 November 1857]). The second part, a detailed anatomical study of embryogenesis in aphids, had been read at a meeting on 21 January 1858. The paper was published in the society’s Transactions (T. H. Huxley 1858).


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


Expresses his strong opinion that Huxley’s paper ["Agamic reproduction and morphology of Aphis", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 22 (1858): 193–220, 221–36] should be published.

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Charles Robert Darwin
George Busk; Linnean Society;
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2247,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7