To George Newport 12 August 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
Very many thanks for your extremely kind note of the 28th — You will perhaps have expected to have heard from me before, but I have been in London for some days to see for the first time the Exhibition, & I fully intended to have proposed a visit to you, but I had from heat & fatigue so many bad headaches, that my plans were entirely deranged & I failed in finding time to visit & thank you in person.—
I now return you your scissors;1 but will you believe it, though I explained with the utmost care to Mrs Weiss, that your scissors were brought only as models, I see they have polished them! & I daresay tried to sharpen them!!! I sincerely hope they cannot have injured them. I found one pair which Weiss had formerly made for me was of same size &c as yours, so I did not get a new pair. I think your model has done some good, for they have reground the old pair & they appear certainly sharper, but I have not yet tried them: if blunt I will try my hand according to your instructions, with oil on the Hone.—
I will remember your wish, & send a copy of my vol: to the Linn: Socy 2 I am much obliged for your kind message to Mr Lubbock, which I will not fail to give: he is a remarkably aimable pleasant young man, & has a strong taste for dissecting insects. A little conversation with you, would, I think, be of great service to him; but he is not likely just at present to be staying in London.
I hope much myself to accept your offer & pay you a visit, but I very seldom now go to London, for it always makes me unwell, & I never get half my commissions executed.
With very sincere thanks & hopes that your scissors will not be much the worse from Mrss Weiss taking them so stupidly in hand, believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Returns scissors with thanks.
Young John Lubbock who has a strong taste for dissecting insects would benefit greatly from conversation with GN.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1450,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1450