We can assume that this writer would have been a Connecticut Yankee, a strong opponent of the South and slavery.
It looks like Darwin was as impressed as everyone else by the amazing ingenuity in orchids and could not ignore the evidence for design.
To isolate and quantify the factors which ultimately led to the acceptance of Darwinian ideas is not a straightforward task.
A less class-bound kind of protectiveness was shown to Darwin in the United States by Professor Asa Gray of Harvard University.
How was Darwinian theory, despite its lack of empirical support or even semblance of verisimilitude, able to advance to its present position of orthodoxy?