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From Henry Holland   [1 or 8 February 1862]1

2 Brook Street


My dear Sir,

Thank you cordially for your letter.2 While thus kindly acquiescing in what I have written, I fancy I see that you are not quite satisfied with my mode of using the word path3 This then I will change, & in some such fashion as follows

“This must be considered a new path of research in the great field of Life; & one which, steadily pursued by exact & patient observation, cannot fail of conducting to many important results. It is certain that some future revision & reform will be required, of all existing catalogues of species & genera.— How far this may carry us is yet doubtful,” &c

I write, as you will see, in great haste to secure the post, & put down the above lines as suggested to me while writing them. But something like these words I shall take instead of the other sentences of which I before sent you.

Ever yours affectly | H Holland


The possible dates are conjectured by the relationship to the letter from Henry Holland, 30 January [1862] (see also n. 2, below).
CD’s letter in response to the letter from Henry Holland, 30 January [1862], has not been found. Holland had asked CD to comment on a postscript he had written to one of the essays that he was preparing to republish as a collection (Holland 1862), since it contained a discussion of CD’s work.
Holland refers to the enclosure sent with the letter from Henry Holland, 30 January [1862]; the enclosure has not been found, but the published note has been reproduced with that letter.


Holland, Henry. 1862. Essays on scientific and other subjects from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews. London.


Suggests a change in the postscript [referred to in 3423].

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Holland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Brook St
Source of text
DAR 166.2: 235
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3435,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10