To Charles Lyell 13 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Lyell
I have been particularly glad to see Wollaston’s letter.2 The news did not require any breaking to me; for though as a general rule I am much opposed to the Forbesian continental extensions, I have no objection whatever to its being proved in some cases. Not that I can admit that W. has by any means proved it; nor, I think, can anyone else, till we know something of the means of distribution of insects.—3 But the close similarity or identity of the two Faunas is certainly very interesting.— I am extremely glad to hear that your Madeira paper is making progress; & I shall be most curious to see. I shd be infinitely obliged for a separate copy, whenever printed.—4
My health has been very poor of late, & I am going in a week’s time for a fortnight of hydropathy & rest.—5 My everlasting species-Book quite overwhelms me with work— It is beyond my powers, but I hope to live to finish it.—
Farewell | My dear Lyell | Ever yours | C. Darwin
CD returns a letter from Wollaston.
Although opposed to the Forbesian doctrine [of continental extension] as a general rule, CD would have no objection to its being proved in some cases. Does not think Wollaston has proved it; nor can anyone until more is known about the means of distribution of insects – but the identity of the two faunas is certainly interesting.
His health is very poor and his "everlasting species-Book" quite overwhelms him with work. It is beyond his powers, but he hopes to live to finish it.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2077,” accessed on 9 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2077