He became entrapped in the W. Lyon controversy by defending CD against Frederic Bateman of Norwich.
As a religious man, FWH wants to apologise for the attacks CD has suffered in the name of religion.
Heigham Grove, | Norwich.
I trust you will allow me to thank you for your kind reply to my enquiry.
I should not have engaged in a controversy with M
I was unwise enough to reply to the latter, that a theory was not disproved by a mere objection being urged against it, & also to attempt to explain that an argument which he rested great weight upon, viz. the non production of the missing link, was valueless, owing to the imperfection of the geological record—
I trust you will pardon my doing so— I fear it almost borders on the
intrusive—but I venture to take the opportunity which your courteous reply has
given me, as a religious man, on behalf of a rapidly increasing number of persons with
whom I am associated, of assuring you how warmly we protest against the unfair &
personal attacks to which you have been & still are subjected, in the name of
religion & by its self constituted champions. M
Again thanking you | I am | Yours truly | F. W. Harmer
Chas Darwin Esq F.R.S. &c