Finds style [of Origin] incredibly bad; corrections are very heavy. Supposes it was due to his attention being fixed on general lines of argument and not on detail. Wishes to share expense of corrections.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
The Diagram will do very well & I will send it shortly to M
I get on very slowly with proofs. I remember writing to you that I thought there would be not much corrections. I honestly wrote what I thought, but was most grievously mistaken. I find the style incredibly bad, & most difficult to make clear & smooth. I am extremely sorry to say, on account of expence, & loss of time for me, that the corrections are very heavy,—as heavy as possible.
But from casual glances, I still hope that later chapters are not so badly written. How I could have written so badly is quite inconceivable, but I suppose it was owing to my whole attention being fixed on general line of argument, & not on details. All I can say is that I am very sorry.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. | I have been looking at the corrections & considering them. It
seems to me that I shall put you to a quite unfair expence.— If you please I
- f1 2469.f1William West was the lithographer used by John Murray.