To Asa Gray 29 January 1881
Jan. 29th. 1881
It was extremely kind of you to send me your review in the Journal & that in the Nation.— They have pleased me greatly; for there is hardly any one in the world whose approbation I value more highly than I do yours. That was a stupid blunder about Apium; but you cannot put yourself in my frame of mind: “Celery” calls up an image in my mind, but not the word Apium.— As for Apios I remember the name, & I fancy in connection with climbing plants. I am a pretty sort of man to write about plants!!
Nothing in your Review pleased me more than your opening sentence about Frank. If you know him well, you wd know that such an idea as being offended with you never could cross his mind.
In fact I wish I could infuse a few drachms of vanity & self-conceit into his veins, for he never will value in the least what he does.— Therefore I am certain that the notion or wish that you would speak in his praise wd. never have occurred to him.— He was pleased by receiving a letter from you some little time ago, & he did not answer it, having nothing definite to say, simply from not liking to trouble you.—
I hope when you come back from the continent that you & Mrs Gray may find time to pay us a little visit.—
Once again thanking you for your kindness, extended to me now for very many years | I remain, Ever yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for AG’s reviews [of Movement in plants] in the Journal and Nation [Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 21 (1881): 245–9 and Nation 32 (1881): 17–18], especially for AG’s comment about Frank Darwin.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13031,” accessed on 31 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-13031