Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Ilkley Wells to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 13 November 1859.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: July 2, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Down Bromley Kent1
My dear Sir
I have told Murray to send you by Post (if possible) a copy of my Book & I hope that you will receive it at nearly same time with this note. (N.B I have got a bad finger which makes me write extra badly--) If you are so inclined, I sh[oul]d very much like to hear your general impression of the Book as you have thought so profoundly on subject & in so nearly same channel with myself. I hope there will be some little [] new to you, but I fear not much. Remember it is only an abstract & very much condensed. God knows what the public will think. No one has read it, except Lyell, with whom I have had much correspondence. Hooker thinks him a complete convert; but he does not seem so in his letters to me; but he is evidently deeply interested in subject.-- I do not think your share in the theory will be overlooked by the real judges as Hooker Lyell, Asa Gray &c.--
[] I have heard from Mr Sclater that your paper on Malay Arch.[ipelago] has been read at Linn.[ean] Soc[iety], & that he was extremely much interested by it.
I have not seen one naturalist for 6 or 9 months owing to the state of my health, & therefore I really have no news to tell you.-- I am writing this at Ilkley Wells, where I have been with my family for the last six weeks & shall stay for some few weeks longer. As yet I have profited very little. God knows when I shall have strength [] for my bigger book.--
I sincerely hope that you keep your health; I suppose that you will be thinking of returning soon with your magnificent collection & still grander mental materials. You will be puzzled how to publish. The Royal Soc. fund will be worth your consideration.
With every good wish, | pray believe me, | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin [signature]
I think that I told you before that Hooker is a complete convert. If I can convert Huxley I shall be content.--
1. Darwin was actually staying at Ilkley Wells when writing this letter.
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