Thinks CD’s son George would be more satisfactory than ARW for the work on Descent.
The Dell, Grays, Essex.
Yours just received.f2 Pray act exactly as if nothing had beensaid to me on the subject. I do not particularly wish for thework, as besides being, as you say, tedious work, it involves aconsiderable amount of responsibility.f3 Still I am prepared to doany literary work of the kind, as I told Bates some time ago, &that is the reason he wrote to me about it.f4 I certainly thinkhowever that it would be in many ways more satisfactory to youif your son did it, & I therefore hope he may undertake it.f5
Should he however, for any reasons, be unable, I am at yourservice as a derniére ressort—f6
In case my meaning is not quite clear, I will say positively, I willnot do it, unless your son has the offer & declines it.
Believe me | Dear Darwin | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace