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To H. W. Bates   4 May [1862]

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Thanks for letter and "valuable" extracts.

If S. American Carabi differ more from other species than do those from other distant locations (e.g., Siberia, Europe, etc.), CD agrees that difference would be too great to have occurred in the recent glacial age; CD also rejects independent origin. Plants seem to migrate more readily than animals. HWB should not underrate length of glacial period; CD also believes they will be driven to an older glacial period.

Sorry about news of British Museum – hopeless to contend against anyone supported by Owen.

CD dearly wishes HWB could find a situation in which he could give time to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection).
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3532
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