Thanks for her pains over corrections [for Expression].
July 25th 1872
My dearest H.
What a deal of pains you have taken over the chapt.— I amquite sorry that you shd. have had the trouble of writing outcleanly your corrections, though you thus saved me much trouble. Itwas, however, a tough job considering all your alterations, almosteveryone of which has been accepted & all are good.— I struck outthe long par. about which I asked you; though I did so at last withsome regret.— When in doubt do not take your trick is a goldenrule, I believe, in writing.— I agree to what you say about latterpars. in Chapt. & I have partly accepted your alterations. In the lastPar. I cut the Gordion Knot by leaving out all about the philosophy oflanguage. It ends rather flat, & flat it must remain.f1
If you have nothing to say, say it, is not a golden rule in writing.
Very many thanks, I hope I have not killed you. I know that I am half-killedmyself.—
Yours affect., | C. Darwin
F. says the Tennyson passage will do just as well afterwards.f2
I have written to Uncle Ras. & I hope he will come at once.—f3