Quarterly Review piece written by Bishop Wilberforce with aid of Owen.
Other reviews mentioned.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear M
I write one line to thank you for your note & to say that the B. of
Oxford wrote the Quarterly R (paid
I am glad you approve of my little Orchid Book; but it has not been worth, I fear, the 10 months it has cost me: it was a hobby horse & so beguiled me.—
I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from Boils; I have often had fearful crops: I hope that the Doctors are right in saying that they are serviceable.—
How puzzled you must be to know what to begin at. You will do grand work, I do not doubt.— My health is, & always will be, very poor: I am that miserable animal a regular valetudinarian.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 3570.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter from A. R. Wallace, 23 May 1862.
- f2 3570.f2[Wilberforce] 1860 and [R. Owen] 1860b. See letter from A. R. Wallace, 23 May 1862 and n. 3.
- f3 3570.f3Maw 1861. Soon after the review's publication, CD had corresponded with George Maw about some of the points it raised (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to George Maw, 19 July , and letter from George Maw, 27 August ).
- f4 3570.f4Hopkins 1860 and Pictet de la Rive 1860. For CD's correspondence about these reviews, see Correspondence vol. 8.
- f5 3570.f5CD had sent Wallace a presentation copy of Orchids (see letter from A. R. Wallace, 23 May 1862, and Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV). According to his journal, CD began work on Orchids in July 1861 and completed it at the end of April 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II, and this volume, Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II).
- f6 3570.f6Henry Holland, one of the physicians consulted by the Darwin family, believed that abscesses or other `affections of the skin' heralded the end of a disease, giving `relief to the system' (see Holland 1855, p. 143).
- f7 3570.f7Wallace had recently returned to England having spent eight years in south-east Asia (Wallace 1905, 1: 385).