Congratulates BJS on his K.C.B.
In autumn he will publish a book partly on man [Descent], which he expects “many will decry as very wicked”.
Thinks the success of the Tierra del Fuego mission is wonderful.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. [6 Queen Anne Street, London]
My dear Sulivan
It was very good of you to write to me so long a letter, telling memuch about yourself & your children which I was extremely glad tohear.—f2 Think what a benighted wretch I am, seeing no one & readingbut little in the newspapers, for I did not know (untill seeing thepaper of the your Nat. Hist. Socy.) that you were a K.C.B.f3 Mostheartily glad I am, that the Government has at last appreciated yourmost just claim for this high distinction.— On the other hand I am sorryto hear so poor an account of your health; but you were surely very rashto do all that you did & then pass through so exciting a scene, asa ball at the Palace.f4 It was enough to have tired a man in robusthealth.— Complete rest, will, however, I hope, quite set you upagain. As for myself I have been rather better of late, & ifnothing disturbs me I can do some hours work every day. I shall thisautumn publish another book partly on Man, which I daresay many willdecry as very wicked.—f5 I could have travelled to Oxford, but couldno more have withstood the excitement of a commemoration than I coulda ball at Buckingham Palace.—f6 Many thanks for your kind remarksabout my boys. Thank God all give me complete satisfaction: my thirdstands second at Woolwich & will be an Engineer officer at Christmas.f7 Mywife desires to be very kindly remembered to Lady Sulivan, inwhich I very sincerely join, & in congratulations about your daughter’smarriage.f8 We are at present solitary, for all our younger children aregone on tour in Switzerland.f9 I had never heard a word about the successof the T. del Fuego mission.—f10 It is most wonderful, & shames me,as I always prophecied utter failure. It is a grand success.— Ishall feel proud if your Committee think fit to elect me an Honorarymember of your Socy.—f11
With all good wishes & affectionate remembrancesof ancient days. Believe me, my dear Sulivan | your sincere friend |Ch. Darwin