Thanks JL for his book [Origin of civilization (1870)], which he has read with “extreme interest”. Wishes JL had published four or five months earlier as CD would have “so profited & saved so much work”. CD will have to modify some of what he has written [in Descent]. Sees they differ a good deal about moral sense “but hardly two men ever do agree on this perplexing subject”.
JL’s note of the 16th [see 7277] about the Census arrived too late for CD to answer.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Lubbock
Very many thanks for your Book: I have read 4 or 5 Chapts.with extreme interest, too much interest for the good of myinternal viscera. It makes me groan that you had not published 4 or 5 months ago: I shd have so profited & saved so muchwork.— But on some very important points for me, I shall beable & must modify what I have written.—f2 I see that we havestruck on some quotations & points in common; but it hassurprised me, as on the ornamentation of savages, how largely we havecollected our facts from different sources.—f3
I see we differ a good deal about “moral sense” or ratherapproach the subject from different points of view; but hardlytwo men ever do agree on this perplexing subject.— I expect thatyour book will be a great success.—f4
I have not yet even looked at the Thysanura, which I shallalways love after your description of their playing like lambs &the sweet coyness of the females.—f5
Your note of the 16th about the Census did not reach me till10 oclock on the 18th when it was too late to answer. Moreover,I understood from Dr Farr, that the detailed manner of puttingthe query wd be left to his Officef6
My dear Lubbock | Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin