Asks him to thank A. S. Taylor for note.
Describes experiments on Drosera.
Discusses reviews of the Origin. By far the best is by Asa Gray.
Discusses plans for new edition of Origin.
Down, Bromley, Kent
Thank you much for your most interesting note. I have ordered a Chemical
News.— I particularly beg you to give D
I have been much interested by your account of your discussion, and I thank you as a
bold and true Defender of the Faith. It is very interesting to
hear of such discussions going on in London on scientific questions out of the regular
Societies. I am much pleased at all that you tell me. The article in National is by
Carpenter. I am pleased that you were struck by the
``Snakes'' in Huxley's article; it seemed capital to me.— D
Thanks for advice about transitional cases. Excuse this rather hurried note, and with cordial thanks for all your great kindness
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
My daughter very slowly, but steadily improves in health.
- f1 3021.f1The year is given by the reference to CD's work on Drosera.
- f2 3021.f2Cresy's letter has not been found. It apparently accompanied the letter from Alfred Swaine Taylor that Cresy forwarded to CD (letter from A. S. Taylor to Edward Cresy, 10 December 1860).
- f3 3021.f3CD had composed a `Careful Resume of effect of Plain water' on Drosera, dated `Nov. 26
th. 1860.' (DAR 54: 7). The notes he made at the time of performing such experiments are in DAR 60.1.
- f4 3021.f4See letter from Trenham Reeks, 15 November 1860.
- f5 3021.f5Cresy was a supporter of CD's views.
- f6 3021.f6[Carpenter] 1860a.
- f7 3021.f7In his anonymous review of Origin in the Westminster Review ([T. H. Huxley] 1860b, p. 556), Thomas Henry Huxley made the statement: `Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules'.
- f8 3021.f8Bree 1860. See letters to J. S. Henslow, 11 October  and 26 October .
- f9 3021.f9[Gray] 1860b.