To Frances Jane Hughes 5 May 1880
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)
My dear Cousin
It is indeed a long time since we met, & I suppose if we now did so we shd. not know one another; but your former image is perfectly clear to me.—1
With respect to your Essay I feel bound to express my conviction that no good Scientific Journal would publish it.2 Science progresses only by the discovery of new facts & direct deductions from them. There have, moreover, been so many attempts to reconcile Genesis & Science, that every editor wd. look askance at any new attempt.—
The death of your brother, my dear & very old friend, has been a grievous loss to every one who knew him;3 for I do not believe that there ever existed a man with a sweeter disposition.
Pray believe me | My dear Cousin | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
Still remembers FJH. Thinks no scientific journal would publish her essay on Genesis and science.
Regrets death of her brother [W. D. Fox].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12596,” accessed on 24 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-12596