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To Alphonse de Candolle   2 November [1872]

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Thanks for AdeC’s Histoire des sciences [1873].

Sends a copy of Expression.

His health keeps him weak; he dreads grappling with the fearful subject of variation [in nature]

so he is working up some observations in botanical physiology to publish with his old papers on climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  2 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8593

To Alphonse de Candolle   11 December 1872

Summary

Thanks AdeC for great pleasure his new book [Histoire des sciences (1873)] has given him. Comments on several of the essays.

When AdeC backs up Asa Gray in saying all instincts are congenital habits, CD must protest.

Asks several questions about butterflies of the Alps discussed on p. 322 [of Histoire].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  11 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8672
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