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To B. W. Savile   [before 10 October 1881]

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There is ‘some gradation in perfection with mammals in the mammery glands’. Discusses milk secretion in Echidna. Instances a fish in which the ova hatch in a sack on the male and the young feed on mucus secreted by the sack lining; ‘here … we see what might be the commencement of a simple mammery gland’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bourchier Wrey Savile
Date:  [before 10 Oct 1881
Classmark:  Record n.s. 1 (1882): 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13366

From B. W. Savile   27 September 1881

Summary

Finds it difficult to reconcile evolution with Mosaic record, but thinks it does not necessarily involve "infidel" principles.

Asks "How life born of an egg, can evolve life born of a mammal?"

Author:  Bourchier Wrey Savile
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 177: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13358

From B. W. Savile   30 September 1881

Summary

Thanks CD for his reply and, in attempting to clarify his question [see 13358], asks: "how could the first mammal species be nourished, if its immediate progenitor was non-mammal?"

Author:  Bourchier Wrey Savile
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 177: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13364

From B. W. Savile   10 October 1881

Summary

Thanks CD for answering his query about evolution.

Author:  Bourchier Wrey Savile
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 177: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13385
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