Was gratified “beyond measure” by AN’s comments on his pigeon chapter [in Variation] in the [Zoological] Record [5 (1868): 94–6]. AN is the first man capable of forming a judgment who seems to have thought anything of this part.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I suppose it wd be universally held extremely wrong for adefendant to write to a Judge to express his satisfaction at ajudgment in his favour; & yet I am going thus to act.— I havejust read what you have said in the Record about my Pigeonchapters, & it has gratified me beyond measure.f2 I havesometimes felt a little disappointed that the labour of so manyyears seemed to be almost thrown away, for you are the first man,capable of forming a judgment (excepting partly Quatrefages), whoseems to have thought anything of this part of my work.f3
The amountof labour, correspondence, & care, which the subject cost me,is more than you could well suppose.— I thought the article in theAthenæum, written I have no doubt by Owen, was very unjust;f4 but now I feelamply repaid, & I cordially thank you for your sympathy & too warmpraise.—What labour you have bestowed on your part of the Record! I ought to beashamed to speak of my amount of work.—
I thoroughily enjoyed the Sunday which you & the others spent here,f5 &
I remain | Dear Newton | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin