Sends pamphlet by Asa Gray [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. Hopes AM may get it noticed in any natural history periodical in Edinburgh.
Will send AM a corrected [3d] edition of Origin. AM will find little alteration in the parts he attacked, which, to the best of CD's judgment, did not seem to require correction. Assures AM that he does not send his new edition out of bravado.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I send by this Post, a pamphlet by Prof. Asa Gray on my ``Origin,'' which several good
judge think very well written. Although the author praises me
he does not fully concur, & I have thought that you might possibly like to look
at it. Could you get it noticed, in 2 or 3 lines, in any Nat.
Hist. periodical in Edinburgh? I
I have just finished a corrected Edit. of the Origin, with some additions, I have told my publisher, when it is bound, to send you a copy.— I mention this because, if you looked at the altered parts, you will not find much alteration in the parts; which you attacked. To the best of my judgment (however erroneous that may be) these parts did not seem to me to require correction. And if you were to notice these parts, you might think that I sent a copy to you out of Bravado, which I assure you is not the case, & would be vile taste on my part to you, who have attacked me with the candour & chivalry of a Knight of old.—
My ``corrections'' remind me that I heard too late from a M
Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Nothing in this note need give you the trouble of answering it.—
- f1 3068.f1Dated by the reference to A. Gray 1861a.
- f2 3068.f2A. Gray 1861a.
- f3 3068.f3Murray, who practised law in an Edinburgh firm until 1859, was a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and formerly the president of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh. He was the author of a number of papers, many of which treated entomological topics. See letter from Andrew Murray, 3 March 1861.
- f4 3068.f4Murray had published a critical review of Origin (Murray 1860), founding several of his objections on entomological examples. He particularly questioned CD's explanation of the origin of blind cave insects. See Correspondence vol. 8, letters to Andrew Murray, 28 April  and 28 [April 1860].
- f5 3068.f5See letter from W. D. Crotch, 25 January 1861.