Is convinced his chapter on man [for Variation] will excite plenty of attention and abuse, which he supposes is as good as praise for selling a book.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Many thanks. After all I now find, on account of my servant & Horses, I cannot send till Saturday for the M.S. & then my servant can bring all & I will, as soon as it is marked, send all to Mess. Clowes in Stamford St—
I feel a full conviction that my Chapter on man will excite attention & plenty of abuse & I suppose abuse is as good as praise for selling a Book.—
Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 5384.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 30 January .
- f2 5384.f2See letter from John Murray, 30 January . CD refers to the printer William Clowes & Sons.
- f3 5384.f3CD had been writing an additional chapter on humans for Variation that was not included in the manuscript he had sent to Murray (see letter to John Murray, 27 January  and n. 2). Material in the chapter was ultimately used in Descent and Expression.