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Letter 13406

Stanley, M. C. to Darwin, C. R.

16 Oct 1881

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    Has read Earthworms with great interest. Remembers CD once said, laughing, that he was finding that "worms could revolutionise the world". CD has succeeded in proving greatness of their power.

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Knowsley, Prescot.

16 Oct/81.

Dear Mr Darwin

I am much obliged & greatly flattered by your kind thought of me.
I have read your book with the greatest interest. You said once,
laughing,----that you were finding that ""Worms"" could revolutionise
the world;---- you have succeeded in proving the greatness of their power.
I wonder how you fared at Down in the gale of Friday! We felt here
as if we might be swept away. Seventy trees came down in an hour, people
could not keep their feet. The storm was preceded by some minutes
perhaps ^1/4^ hour of perfect stillness----unusual stillness at 5. a.m. on
Friday; the watchmen & others described ""the roar as coming from the S.W
for 3 or 4 minutes & then the wind burst in a hurricane"".

I hear of great havoc at Holwood. Will you give my kindest regards
to M^rs^ Darwin & believe me | Yrs very sincerely | M C Derby.

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