To Edward Cresy [May 1848]1
Down, Farnborough, Kent
I am extremely much obliged for all the great trouble you have taken so kindly about Darluc.2 I think that probably next summer I shall have to go to Paris about my Barnacles3 and I shall then know where I can see this most troublesome book, but I will, also, call at Bailliere’s4 in Regent St.— The Barnacles will put off my species book for a rather long period.— Thank you for forwarding to me Mr W’s5 letter, (which I return having copied out the references); what an amusing style he writes; he must I should think be a very pleasant man and I am sure he must be the most good-natured man in all Europe. What trouble he took about the book; as I read on, I really felt ashamed of myself. When you write to him, I particularly beg you to give him from me my most sincere thanks for his extraordinary kindness. I marvel at and honour such good-nature; I don’t think I should have taken so much trouble for all my kith and kin. And again let me thank you for so kindly remembering my wish.
I believe your judgment to be quite right about the Second vol. of Kosmos,6 but I confess with shame I was unable to appreciate its merits. Such long semi-antiquarian discussions appeared to me out of proportion to the rest of the book, and hardly compatible with a grand coup d’œil of the whole universe.7 But then I am such a Goth that I have some prejudice against antiquarianism, which is a bold confession when made to you.8 Did you read Herschel’s review of Kosmos in the Edinburgh;9 it struck me as very good. From all I hear, I should expect that Mrs Somerville’s Phys. Geography10 would suit you.— I referred to the Journal des Savans for Chevreul’s article11 and I found that I had read it, as republished in the Annals des Sciences Naturelles: I must try and see Odart’s Ampelographie.12 I will not fail to let you know whenever my drawings are made of the Cirripedia (i.e Barnacles) but I hardly know when that will be, for my work retrogrades, i.e, as I keep on finding out new points, I have to hark back to genera, which I thought I had completed. Whenever they are finished or partly so, I hope you will come over and sleep here.— What zeal you have to care about my poor Barnacles, at which most of my friends laugh.
Once again thank you much for all your trouble about Darluc, and believe me | dear Cresy | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Pray remember me to your father.
May go to Paris next summer about barnacles.
Unable to appreciate second volume of Alexander von Humboldt’s Cosmos .
Recommends review by Sir John Herschel [Edinburgh Rev. 87 (1848): 170–229].
Recommends book by Mary Somerville [Physical geography (1848)].
Mentions article [on species] by M. E. Chevreul [Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 3d ser. 6 (1846): 142–214].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1171,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1171