Thanks BJS for his congratulations [on Leonard Darwin’s success].
CD is “as usual, always ailing and grumbling”.
Expects his new book [Descent] to “disgust you & many others”.
Down | Beckenham | Kent S.E.
My dear Sulivan
I thank you cordially for your very kind letter of congratulation &for your interesting news.f2 All my sons are an infinite satisfaction& none of them have ever given me an hour’s uneasiness.— Mythird son has just passed his examination at Cambridge for NaturalSciences, but he was unfortunate & tells me that he has done very badly& will be very low.—f3 I had not heard of Lieut Musters’s surprising Journey:no doubt I shall see some account in Journal of Geograph. Socy.f4 As formyself I keep much as usual, always ailing & grumbling, but able to do somehours work daily. I have lately been working rather too hard in theintolerably tedious labour of correcting the proofs & making uncouthEnglish rather less uncouth for my new book on man, which will disgustyou & many others.—f5 It is now nearly done, otherwise it wd. havedone for me; for my strength is at a very low ebb.—
It is enough to make one boil over with indignation to hear of thenegligence & indifference of the Admiralty in sending your son tothe coast of Africa.—f6 If you go to Southampton again, do call onmy son William: :f7 he said he intended to call on you, if he went tosee the Langtons at Bournemth.f8
We are all fairly well. With kind remembrances to Lady Sulivan.f9 Ever |My dear Sulivan | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin