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Darwin-Hooker Letters : Letter from C. R. Darwin to J. D. Hooker   26 [March 1862]

Darwin, Charles Robert

Darwin-Hooker Letters

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Both JDH’s and Bates’s letters are excellent. JDH has said all that can be said against direct effect of conditions, but CD still sticks to his own and Bates’s side. CD should have done what JDH suggests (since naturally he is pleased to attribute little to conditions) – viz., started on the fundamental principle that variation is innate and stated that afterwards, perhaps, this principle would be made explicable. <i>Variation</i> will show that "use and disuse" have some effect. Does not believe in perfect reversion. Demurs at JDH’s "centrifugal variation"; the doctrine of the good of diversification amply accounts for variation being centrifugal.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The wonderful mechanism of <i>Mormodes ignea</i>.</p>

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