A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 3
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Corona, Alberto Julian
Transcription date: August 4, 2014
Signed off: no
Dec. 19th 79
My dear Hooker.
I am greatly in debted to you. Your letter is conclusive & I quite agree. I thought any of Wallace's [illeg.] & of [illeg.] his service to nat[ural] history, & while you say about spiritualism & <exploring?> about the bet, never once crossed my mind.-- What a mistake & <nigh?> I it? <There?> made [] had I not compelled you. -- I am, however, very sorry & must write to Miss. B. There I can do nothing. Once again I thank you <much?> truly.
Ever yours| Ch[arles] Darwin [signature]
[] P.S. Please Thank Dryer for me for this-- These of the edition are a treasure to me. My work must & I have torn end, otherwise you & Dryer will wish me dead & buried as a Sir say than semi than sure of [2 words illeg.], had I <&?> <noble?> whether they are life?
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