Thanks ES for his "splendid eulogium" [in Presidential Address to Royal Society on award of Copley Medal]. CD would have liked him to have said "a little more" about Origin.
CD feels no doubt about natural selection. Has heard from Germany of "a string of excellent men" who accept it.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear General Sabine
You must permit me to thank you for your splendid eulogium on what I have
done in natural history,—even if it be as improper to thank you as to thank a
Judge for his judgment. As I read your address in the Reader I declare that I felt quite
amazed at what I had done. You have made me hold my head very
loftily with infinite pride. I sh
Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 4694.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 December .
- f2 4694.f2CD refers to a version of Sabine's anniversary address delivered to the Royal Society of London that was printed in the Reader, 3 December 1864, pp. 708--9 (see letter from Hugh Falconer, 2 December 1864 and n. 3). Sabine's address stated the grounds on which the Copley Medal was awarded to CD (see Appendix IV).
- f3 4694.f3See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October 1864.