Has received a copy of an attack on CD ["Darwinian theory examined"] from the author, but does not know who it is.
Brook Street Dec
The pages I enclose will probably interest you. They are taken from the proceedings of the Manchester Phil. Society, which I received this morning; It is now perhaps the best of the Provincial Scientific bodies. I have been a Member of it, for very nearly 60 years.
I received a few days ago a copy of the attack upon you from the Author; This gives me no clue whatever to his name or nature. The nearest approach I make, is that of being very intimate with a friend of his, who fully admits knowing him, but under strict injunction not to disclose him.
I find that very few people have even heard of the volume.
Ever yours aff
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 05736.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Henry Holland, 27 January  (Correspondence vol. 16).
- f2 05736.f2The enclosure was an article on species of plants that had colonised land cleared for planting at Tatton Park, Cheshire (Hurst and Carter 1867); there is a copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f3 05736.f3The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society was founded in 1781; for more on its history, see Hayhurst 1967. In the Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, Holland is listed as a corresponding member, elected in 1812 (see, for example, ibid. 3d ser. 2 (1865), Council of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester (1864)).
- f4 05736.f4The reference is to The Darwinian theory of the transmutation of species examined by a graduate of the University of Cambridge by Robert Mackenzie Beverley ([Beverley] 1867; see letter to Charles Kingsley, 13 December  and n. 6).