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Letter 7077

Darwin, C. R. to Günther, A. C. L. G.

13 Jan [1870]

Summary

Delighted with proofs of illustrations [for Descent]. Hopes AG is pleased with them, as they illustrate facts given on his authority.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan 13th

My dear Dr. Günther

I am very much obliged to you. The sight of the proofs haspleased me more than anything which has happened to me for someweeks.f1 Pray tell Mr Fordf2 (or show him this note) that I amdelighted with their appearance. I hope you are pleased with them,for they all illustrate facts which I give wholly on yourauthority. I declare I think the sexual differences in theChæmelions look more wonderful in the figures than in the realspecimens.f3 They will make my chapter capital. Pray tell Mr Fordthat I am excessively pleased, also, with the feathers, which lookfar better than I thought possible.f4 I long to see those of theArgus Pheasant & Peacock—f5 There ought to be a drawing of thehead of female salmon.—f6

Accept my cordial thanks for all your extraordinary kindness

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

The Callionymus also is beautiful.— I lately saw some onewho said he did not believe fishes ever differed much sexually!f7

Endorsement: ‘1870’
Shrewsbury School

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