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To Alphonse de Candolle   18 January [1873]


The evidence of tameness of Alpine butterflies [see 8672] seems good and the fact is surprising to CD for they can hardly have acquired this in their short life-time.

The question whether butterflies are attracted to bright colours independently of the supposed presence of nectar is still unanswered.

CD has great difficulty in believing that any temporary condition of parents can affect the offspring.

Pangenesis is much reviled, but CD must still look at generation from this point of view, which makes him averse to believing that an emotion has any effect on the offspring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  18 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8741

From Alphonse de Candolle   14 January 1873


Thanks for Expression, which has made him wonder whether his shyness in public until the age of 55 resulted from fear of subjecting his face to ridicule.

Criticises F. Galton’s Hereditary genius [1869] for neglecting environmental influence.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8737
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