Thanks LHM for concluding chapter [to Systems of consanguinity and affinity of the human family (1871)]. Agrees that it is important to study the habits and institutions of savages.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your extremely kind letter & your presentof the concluding chapter, which I am sure I shall read with thegreatest interest.f2 In one respect it is fortunate for me that you arecompelled to leave England so soon, for I shd. have been much disappointedat not being able to receive you here, & this I could not have done, as Iam pledged to a visit for 10 days or a fortnight to a friend, & we allleave home very early on Saturday morning.f3
I fully agree with your remarks on the extreme importance of studyingthe habits & institutions, if they can be so called, of savages. I havehad lately to attend a little to this subject, as I have sent myM.S. to the Printers for a work on the “Descent of man”; but I havechiefly to treat of veritably primeval times before man wasfully man.—f4
With much respect for your admirable investigations, believeme | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin