Sends CD a copy of a book he has had printed mainly for the interest of his children and grandchildren [later published as Recollections of past life (1872)].
72 Brook Street
My dear Charles
The little volume I send you—(one of some twenty copies printed) was drawn from me by the solicitation of my Children; frequently [renewed] but never till lately acceded to.
Finding that a mere Manuscript would not suffice for the many family demands upon me, I have put it into this form; reserving half a dozen copies for as many old friends; who may be interested in the narrative for my sake— But do not consider yourself in any way pledged to read it through. The exceptions I have thought it needful to make, leave the narrative a dull one, save to my Children & Grandchildren, for whom it is chiefly intended.
I send this note, & the book, through Erasmus; that he may look at it, if he wishes, before transmitting it to you
I hope you like Lewes' articles on your volumes. I think them excellent I had a good deal of conversation with him on the subject, before they were written
Ever my dear Charles, yours affect
- f1 6131.f1The year is established by the reference to Holland 1868 (see n. 2, below).
- f2 6131.f2Holland refers to Recollections of past life (Holland 1868). CD's copy is in the Darwin Library--Down.
- f3 6131.f3Erasmus Alvey Darwin.
- f4 6131.f4Holland refers to George Henry Lewes and to Lewes's review of Variation which appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette on 10, 15, and 17 February 1868 ([Lewes] 1868a).