To J. L. Stokes [c. 26 November 1846]1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Stokes
Many thanks for your letters, I enclosed the proper one to Sir G. Grey & this will show him, that we did not intentionally mean to insult him.— It has been a vexatious affair; for what I remember of him, I like much.— I have very little doubt that your explanation is the true one, viz that my note went in your proof-sheet to the Printers.—
I return you the S. Australian letter with thanks; I was glad to see it.—
I congratulate you heartily on the great success of your Book;2 if I were in your place, I should be prouder of having been introduced to the old Duke3 (as I heard was the case) than for a hundred pistols from Joinville,4 —extraordinary as that compliment is.
Farewell my dear Stokes
Discusses CD’s unintended insult to George Grey.
Compliments JLS on his book [Discoveries in Australia (1846)].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1020,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1020