Reports on sales and reception of his book [Descent]. Thanks HED for her help.
Wallace's article in the Academy [2 (1870–1): 177–82] shows CD has had no influence on him; the review has had hardly any influence on CD.
March 20. 1871
My dear Henrietta,
I do not know whether you have been told that Murray reprinted 2000, making the edition 4500, & I shall receive 1470£ for it. That is a fine big [sum]. The corrections were 128£!! Altogether the book, I think, as yet has been very successful, & I have been hardly at all abused. Several reviewers speak of the lucid vigorous style etc.— Now I know how much I owe to you in this respect, which includes arrangement, not to mention still more important aids in the reasoning. Therefore I wish to give you some little memorial costing about 25 or 50£, to keep in memory of the book, over which you took such immense trouble. I have consulted Mamma, but we cannot think what you would like, & she with her accustomed wisdom advised me to lay the case before you & let you decide how you like—
I have been greatly interested by the second article in the Spectator & by Wallace's long article in the Academy— I see I have had no influence on him, & his Review has had hardly any on me—
We go to London on April 1st. for a few days, in order that I may visit & consult Rejlander about Photographs on Expression— I think I shall make an interesting little vol. on the subject.— By the way, I have had hardly any letters about `the Descent' worth keeping for you, except one from a Welshman abusing me as an old ape with a hairy face & thick skull. We shall be heartily glad to see you home again.
Goodbye my very dear coadjutor & fellow-labourer | Your affecate. father. Ch. Darwin.
Love to Langtons
- f1 7605.f1CD refers to John Murray and to the second printing of Descent (see Freeman 1977). CD had received £630 for the first issue of Descent and £210 for the second issue, with a note for a further £630 paid on 18 September 1871 (CD's Account books--banking account (Down House MS); see letter from John Murray, 18 March ).
- f2 7605.f2Henrietta had read and suggested corrections to the manuscript of Descent (see Correspondence vol. 18, letter to H. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870] and n. 2).
- f3 7605.f3CD refers to an unsigned review of Descent that appeared in the 11 March and 18 March 1871 issues of the Spectator (pp. 288--9, 319--20) and to Alfred Russel Wallace's review of Descent in the Academy (Wallace 1871c). For more on CD's differences with Wallace on Descent, see the letter to A. R. Wallace, 16 March 1871. For reviews of Descent, see Appendix V.
- f4 7605.f4CD was in London from 1 to 5 April 1871 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix II)). He refers to Oscar Gustaf Rejlander.
- f5 7605.f5See letter from D. Thomas, [after 11 March 1871].
- f6 7605.f6Henrietta had spent some time in Bournemouth after recovering from measles (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 11 March 1871 and n. 8; see also Emma Darwin (1904), 2: 240).
- f7 7605.f7Henrietta was visiting Edmund and Emily Caroline Langton.