Thanks for new edition of Origin [4th ed.].
Has met CD's son [George] at Trinity College.
Magd: Coll: | Cambridge.
My dear Sir,
Pray accept my sincere thanks for the copy of your new edition which you have been so kind as to send me. I should take it as a very great compliment that you have thus honoured me—were it not that I feel I owe the gift much more to your own good nature which prompts you to recognize the insignificant efforts of the humblest followers of natural science, than to any other cause—
I have had great pleasure in making (through my colleague Prof
You will I am sure be glad to hear that my lectures have been much better attended than I had any reason to hope, and that the study of Zoology seems to be not merely popularly but scientifically pursued among the Undergraduates—
Trusting that your health will permit you with all speed to finish the great work we
have been so long expecting, | I remain, my dear Sir, With very
great respect, | Y
C. Darwin, Esq
- f1 5285.f1Newton refers to the fourth edition of Origin.
- f2 5285.f2George Murray Humphry was professor of human anatomy at Cambridge (DNB). George Howard Darwin was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge (Alum. Cantab.).
- f3 5285.f3Newton is probably alluding to the fact that George was studying mathematics rather than natural sciences which, at the time, was still a fledgling tripos within the university (see n. 4, below). George was considering a career as an engineer and had discussed the topic with CD's friend, Edward Cresy, a civil engineer (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter to Edward Cresy, 7 September  and n. 2, and letter from Edward Cresy, 18 October 1865 and n. 4).
- f4 5285.f4Newton was the first holder of the newly created professorship of zoology and comparative anatomy at Cambridge University (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter from Alfred Newton, 27 October 1865 and n. 1, and A. F. R. Wollaston 1921, p. 133).
- f5 5285.f5Newton refers to Variation, which was published in 1868.