RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [Notes on reading Vestiges] (11.1844) CUL-DAR205.5.108 Transcribed by John van Wyhe. (Darwin Online,

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Nov/:—/44/. After the "Vestiges of Nat Hist Creation", I see it will be necessary to advert to Quinary System, because he brings it to show that Lamarck's willing (& consequently my selection) must be erroneous — I had better rest my defence on few English, sound anatomical naturalists assenting & hardly any foreign.— Advert to this subject, after Chapter on classification, & then show, from our ignorance of comparative value of groups, source of error—

Explanation of numbers from elements.—

difficulties in classification. Myself on cirripedes— Milne Edwards & Dana. A [Feather] in his B[illeg]

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