Explains why he has declined writing a review for Messrs Appleton.
My dear Bates
I have heard from Mr Appleton, but I have written to him to say that I amvery sorry that I must decline undertaking the Review, which however, I fullygrant is very desirable.—f2 I have had no practice & it wd take me muchtime; nor do I know that I shd. succeed. But my chief reason is that I really have not a grain of spare strength, & have come down here now for 2 or 3 daysto try & rest.f3 You wd. not readily believe how often & urgently I am pressed towrite articles— a week ago a most urgent request from one who hadmuch claim; shortly before another;f4 & it is an immense relief to me tobe able to say that I never write reviews.— So I am very sorry,but must decline, even though you recommend it—
My dear Bates | Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin
PS If you can let me see an old Proof of your sentences on Man, I shdreally very much like to read them—f5