Is obliged for StGJM’s book [On the genesis of species (1871)].
Would not have sent him vol. 1 [of Descent] if he had known that StGJM’s book was already published.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your kind present.—f1 It will take me some timeto read it, as I can read but little of anything which requires much thought.If I had known that your book was published I would not of course have directedvol. I of my book to be sent to you;f2 nor do I suppose you will care much aboutit. It will probably excite your indignation. I always console myself withthinking that I have done my best
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin