Thanks WW for wedding gift.
Expresses admiration for his History of the inductive sciences .
My dear Whewell
I have been very much flattered by your “marriage gift” and kind
note. I assure you very few have given me more
A short time since I finished, having only skimmed parts before, another & quite different production of yours,—the Hist of Inductive Sciences, —& I will run the risk of appearing exceedingly presumptuous by telling you how much I enjoyed it—to see so clearly the steps by which all the great scientific discoveries have been come to is a capital lesson to every one, even to the humblest follower of science & I hope I have profited by it— When I closed your third volume I wished much to say my thanks to you, and now, however presumptuous it may have been, I have satisfied myself by saying them.
Believe me | Most truly Yours | Chas. Darwin
12 Upper Gower St
Pray excuse me troubling you with this letter all the way to Cambridge, per post, but I had no other way of sending it.—
- f1 506.f1See letter from William Whewell, 11 April 1839.
- f2 506.f2Whewell 1837. CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. According to CD's record of his reading (DAR 119; Vorzimmer 1977) he read Whewell 1837 in the autumn of 1838, noting ‘References at end’. CD had obtained a copy of the work in 1837 (see letter to Charles Babbage, [June–September 1837]).