To T. V. Wollaston 6 June 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Wollaston
I have to thank you for your note & Lyell’s letter.—2 Mr. Janson shall be properly attended to—3 I have been very glad to see Lyell’s letter: it is a capital one, & how well he seems to have read your Book.4 I agree with almost everything which he says there as far as I have gone, which is not half through yet.5 With respect to your Book, I may say that all which I have read has been most interesting (notwithstanding that I remembered well the passages quoted from I.M.6) & several of your facts & views have already given me quite devilish puzzles, which you ought to take as a compliment. What Lyell says about links being destroyed, I think, is very true.7 I did snigger at your “legitimate variation” & I see I dashed the word with a (!).8
I have heard Unitarianism called a feather-bed to catch a falling Christian;9 & I think you are now on just such a feather bed, but I believe you will fall much lower & lower.10 Do you not feel that “your little exceptions” are getting pretty numerous?11 It is a funny argument of yours that I (& other horrid wretches like me) may be right, because we are in a very poor minority. anyhow it is a comfort to believe that some others will soon be with me.
Adios | Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin12
Comments on TVW’s book [On the variation of species with special reference to the Insecta (1856)].
On TVW’s Unitarianism. Predicts TVW will fall further away from Christianity.
[Letter sent by TVW to Charles Lyell.]