Expresses his “unbounded admiration” for Mr Ford’s woodcuts [for Descent]. Thanks AG for his kindness.
Down, Beckenham | Kent
As I do not know Mr. Ford’s address, will you hand him thisnote, which is written solely to express my unbounded admirationof the woodcuts. I fairly gloat over them. The only evil is thatthey will make all the other woodcuts look very poor!
They areall excellent, & for the feathers I declare I think it the mostwonderful woodcut I ever saw: I cannot help touching it to makesure that it is smooth. How I wish to see the two other & evenmore important ones of the feathers & the four other Reptiles&c.— Once again accept my very sincere thanks for all yourkindness. I am greatly indebted to Mr Ford. Engravings havealways hitherto been my greatest misery & now they are a realpleasure to me.—
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.
I thought I shd have been in press by this time, butmy subject has branched off into sub-branches, which have cost meinfinite time, & Heaven knows when I shall have all my M.Sready, but I am never idle.—f2
P.S. Please ask Mr Ford to keep my rough sketches of feathers & my notes,as I am much puzzled what to do about the letters of reference to the differentmarks & dots.—f3