To John Frederick William Herschel 11 November 
Down Bromley Kent [Ilkley]
My dear Sir John Herschel
I have taken the liberty of directing Murray to send you a copy of my book on the Origin of species, with the hope that you may still retain some interest on this question.— I know that I ought to apologise for troubling you with the volume & with this note (which requires no acknowledgment) but I cannot resist the temptation of showing in this feeble manner my respect, & the deep obligation, which I owe to your Introduction to Natural Philosophy.1 Scarcely anything in my life made so deep an impression on me: it made me wish to try to add my mite to the accumulated store of natural knowledge
With much respect | I beg leave to remain | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
Sends a copy of Origin as a measure of his respect and in recognition of the obligation he feels he owes to JFWH’s book [A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy (1831)]. "Scarcely anything in my life made so deep an impression on me."
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Herschel, J. F. W.
- Sent from
- Ilkley Down letterhead
- Source of text
- Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2517,” accessed on 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2517