There is so much detail in Variation that WDF will never be able to finish it. Some chapters, like that on reversion, are "curious".
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Fox
I thank you very sincerely for your most cordial
congratulations. George's success has been a very great
pleasure to us. Whenever you come to London it will give me &
Emma very great pleasure to see you here, but I hope that you
will stay the night with us. You give but a poor account of your
own health. I hope that what you fear is not the case. I have
known quite a large number of men who the D
There is so much detail in my book that you will never be able to read it through; but some of the chapters, such as that on Reversion are I think curious. You will find several facts given on your authority.
Believe me my dear old friend | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 5842.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. D. Fox, 3 February .
- f2 5842.f2CD refers to George Howard Darwin. See letter from W. D. Fox, 3 February  and n. 2.
- f3 5842.f3See letter from W. D. Fox, 3 February .
- f4 5842.f4CD discussed reversion in the second of his chapters on inheritance in Variation 2: 28--61. He cited Fox for information on various domestic animals in Variation.