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To H. C. Watson   [5–11 January 1860]


Discusses the possibility of "convergence" occurring; believes it could be only very limited.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Date:  [5–11 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal V, pp. 77–87; DAR 47 (ser. 2): 136a (verso)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2639

From Hewett Cottrell Watson   [3? January 1860]



Notes by HCW on the Origin dealing especially with divergence and convergence. Believes there is some natural tendency to converge into groups in opposition to divergence generated by natural selection.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3? Jan 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 135–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2636

From H. C. Watson   10 May 1860



Returns reviews of Origin.

F. J. Pictet [Arch. Sci. Phys. & Nat. n.s. 7 (1860): 231–55] goes further than he himself realises.

Naturalists will resist CD’s views until faith in certain "impassable" barriers between existent species is shaken.

Gives CD an instance of convergence.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1860
Classmark:  DAR 47: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2793
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