A copy of CD's book [Origin] has been sent to ARW; invites his comments. "God knows what the public will think". Hooker believes Lyell is a convert, but CD does not think so, although he is "deeply interested". If he can convert Huxley, CD will be content.
Down Bromley Kent [Ilkley]
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
I have heard from M
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
I think that I told you before that Hooker is a complete convert. If I can convert Huxley I shall be content.—
- f1 2529.f1Wallace received this letter and a copy of Origin while he was on Amboina, in the Moluccas, and acknowledged receipt on 16 February 1860 in a letter, no longer extant, that CD answered on18 May 1860. See Correspondence vol. 8, letter to A. R. Wallace, 18 May 1860.
- f2 2529.f2Charles Lyell and Joseph Dalton Hooker had been instrumental in bringing about the joint publication of CD's and Wallace's species theories (Darwin and Wallace 1858). See letters to Charles Lyell, [25 June 1858], and to J. D. Hooker, 13 [July 1858], and letter from A. R. Wallace to J. D. Hooker, 6 October 1858.
- f3 2529.f3Wallace had sent CD a paper on the zoogeography of the Malay Archipelago to be communicated to the Linnean Society (see letter to A. R. Wallace, 9 August 1859). Philip Lutley Sclater, a noted ornithologist, was the secretary of the Zoological Society in 1859. He had recently published a series of papers in which he pointed out the division in the zoological affinities of birds in the eastern archipelago (Sclater 1857).
- f4 2529.f4CD refers to the annual grant of money received by the Royal Society from the government that was awarded to scientists to assist their researches and publications.