To J. D. Hooker [29 June 1858]1
My dear Hooker
I have just read your letter, & see you want papers at once. I am quite prostrated & can do nothing but I send Wallace2 & my abstract of abstract of letter to Asa Gray,3 which gives most imperfectly only the means of change & does not touch on reasons for believing species do change. I daresay all is too late. I hardly care about it.—
But you are too generous to sacrifice so much time & kindness.— It is most generous, most kind. I send sketch of 1844 solely that you may see by your own handwriting that you did read it.—4
I really cannot bear to look at it.— Do not waste much time. It is miserable in me to care at all about priority.—
The table of contents will show what it is.5 I would make a similar, but shorter & more accurate sketch for Linnean Journal.— I will do anything
God Bless you my dear kind friend. I can write no more. I send this by servant to Kew.
Yours | C. Darwin
JDH wants papers at once. CD sends Wallace’s paper and CD’s abstract of his letter to Asa Gray. Sends [species] sketch of 1844 with JDH’s notes to assure JDH he had read it.