To Asa Gray 28 October 1876
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Oct. 28th. 76
My dear Gray
I send by this post all the clean sheets as yet printed & I hope to send the remainder within a fortnight.1 Please observe that the 6 first chapters are not readable, & the 6 last very dull. Still I believe that the results are valuable. If you review the book, I shall be very curious to see what you think of it, for I care more for your judgment than for that of almost anyone else.2
I know also that you will speak the truth, whether you approve or disapprove.
Very few will take the trouble to read the book, & I do not expect you to read the whole, but I hope you will read the latter chapters.— Messrs. Appleton will bring it out in America, & my Orchid book, which I am now correcting the sheets of, as it has been almost remodelled.—3
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I am so sick of correcting the press & licking my horrid bad style into intelligible English.—
Is sending sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation. He will be curious to see what AG thinks of it, as AG speaks the truth whether or not he approves. Is sick of trying to correct his "horrid bad style".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10656,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10656