Thanks for the present of CD's long-expected book [Descent].
28 Jermyn Street
23. Feb. 1871.
I thank you very much for your kind present of the long expected work, which I am devouring as I can steal time from many occupations. I hope that you are none the worse for the great expenditure of energy in its production.
I am | Dear M
Charles Darwin Esq.
P.S. I am delighted to realize that the artisans and mill-hands of Manchester and Oldham read and understand and believe in your books. They club together to buy them.
- f1 7509.f1Dawkins's name appears on CD's presentation list for Descent (Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV).
- f2 7509.f2Dawkins lived in Manchester (letter from W. B. Dawkins, 8 February 1871).