Congratulations on George Darwin's success at Cambridge.
Has still not discovered the author of "Darwinian theory examined".
My dear Charles
One line, to congratulate you, which I do sincerely & warmly, on the success of your Son at Cambridge. May it be an augury of future success & eminence in his life!— Pray offer my congratulations also to your wife,—whose satisfaction in the event will I know equal your own.
I conclude, from Murray's information that I shall very soon receive your two volumes. I thank you for them now by anticipation; I shall not further write regarding them, until I have well mastered their contents
Ever your's aff
PS. I learn that the author of the ``Darwinian Theory Examined'', is a solitary recluse man, & singular in some of his antecedents; but the person telling me this, will not give the name. The volume, as far as I can see, is not known much beyond those to whom copies were sent— I was one of these
- f1 5805.f1The year is established by the reference to George Howard Darwin's examination success (see n. 2, below).
- f2 5805.f2George was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f3 5805.f3Variation was published by John Murray on 30 January 1868 (see CD's `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)). Holland's name appears on the presentation list for the book (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV).
- f4 5805.f4Holland refers to The Darwinian theory of transmutation of species examined by a graduate of the University of Cambridge ([Beverley] 1867). The author was Robert Mackenzie Beverley.