HF merely wanted to correct a false impression given by a sentence taken out of context.
Your brother has been bored enough about the matter already— It is of no importance—and he does not appear to be over strong at present.
I have no objection other than this.
It seemed to me sufficient that you saw it.
I wanted to be set right about the Sentence—which standing alone—read so sharp
Yours very Sinly | H Falconer
- f1 4739.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865.
- f2 4739.f2See letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865 and nn. 1--3.
- f3 4739.f3On the back of this letter, Erasmus wrote: `I thought you would like to see Falconers Eloge so I have sent it'. Erasmus evidently sent CD this letter, together with the letter from Hugh Falconer to William Sharpey, 25 October 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12).
- f4 4739.f4See letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865 and n. 2. Falconer refers to a sentence from the anniversary address of Edward Sabine, which was delivered at the Royal Society of London on 30 November 1864. Sabine's address contained the controversial remark that Origin had not been among the grounds for awarding CD the Copley Medal. For a discussion of the controversy surrounding Sabine's address, see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix IV.