Thanks for book on language [Chapters on language (1865)], which he hopes to read soon if his weak health permits.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Wed. Oct 11
I am very much obliged to you for your kind present of your work on Language.
No subject in my opinion can be more interesting, & I hope soon to read your book, but I am not sure that I shall be able as my health is at present weak—
From some of your papers which I have read I feel certain that your opinions on all subjects would be most liberal & fair.
With my best thanks | I remain yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4913.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. W. Farrar, 6 November 1865.
- f2 4913.f2The reference is to Chapters on language (Farrar 1865). CD's presentation copy is in the Darwin Library--Down (see Marginalia 1: 226). CD later cited Farrar's book in Descent 1: 56 n.
- f3 4913.f3CD may be referring to papers by Farrar that appeared in the Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London and the Anthropological Review (Farrar 1864a, 1864b, and 1864c). CD referred to Farrar 1864b in Descent 1: 65 n.