To Louis Agassiz 21 February 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
On going to London last week I found there lying for me the two first Parts of your great work, the Contributions &c &c.—2 I thank you most truly for this magnificent present; & feel much flattered & gratified by this mark of your esteem.— I have eagerly turned over the pages & plainly see that there will be much of the highest interest to me.—
With my cordial thanks for your kindness | I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
Thanks LA for presentation copy of Contributions [to the natural history of the United States of America, vol. 1, pt 1: Essay on classification, and vol. 1, pt 2: North American Testudinata (1857)]. Flattered; CD sees there is much of highest interest to him.