To Joseph Beete Jukes 8 October 
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Sir
Pray accept my thanks for your coloured map of N.E. Australia:1 it is the very thing I was wishing to have the other day, when I was reading your chapters on the Coral Reefs.—2 I have not yet been able to get a copy of your work to go through with it, but I have read carefully all you say on Coral Reefs & been very greatly flattered & pleased.3 I admire your boldness about this being a reef-building age & Lyell & myself agreed there was much probability in it. I have always felt that my coral-reef book was too bold & speculative & therefore you will not easily imagine how gratified I am when anyone, who has had opportunities of observation, does not give his verdict against it. The Barrier is certainly a grand feature; but you must have found the coast geology with its everlasting granite very dull: I remember that I used to hate granitic districts. How I wish that fate & your Captain had led you to examine the scattered reefs between the Barrier & N. Caledonia; I have always felt much curiosity about them. I daresay you know Mr Crawfurd:4 he was speaking to me the other day with much pleasure & interest about the ethnographical part of your book & on this he must be a good judge—
Pray believe me, my dear Sir, Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Flattered by JBJ’s discussion of coral reefs [in Voyage of H.M.S. "Fly" 1 (1847): 347–8]. CD has always thought his Coral reefs "too bold and speculative", so he is gratified "when anyone who has had opportunities of observation does not give his verdict against it".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1125,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1125