A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: Humphries, Ceri
Transcription date: January 14, 2015
Scrutiny: 14/01/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
My Dear Sir,
Accept my thanks for the beautiful present you have made me & the warm welcome which you made me on my return to Eng[land].1 You ask me whether I am likely to go out again. I have no intention at present of doing so. Eleven years of tropical residence & travel devoted to one pursuit is a sufficient portion of life to be so spent. I have amassed an extensive private coll[ection]. & intend to devote at least some years to the study of the species with a view to publishing an ‘Insect Fauna’ of the Amazon valley. With regard to the other topic mentioned in your very kind letter: I must assure you that I think I have pursued & still do pursue the invest[igation]. of the wonderful & beautiful creatures that people the earth with a spirit of humility admiration & reverence. There will be difference of opinion between us I have no doubt on more matters of undemonstrable dogmatic theology, but in the more essential points of true religious feeling & spirit, I hope in any thing I may hereafter write & publish to continue & increase The good opinion you appear to have of me.
1. Return from an expedition to the Amazon rainforest, 1848-1859.
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