To Alphonse de Candolle 11 November 
Down Bromley Kent [Ilkley]
I have thought that you would permit me to send you (by Messrs Williams & Norgate Booksellers) a copy of my work (as yet only an abstract) on the Origin of Species. I wish to do this, as the only though quite inadequate manner by which I can testify to you, the extreme interest which I have felt, & the great advantage, which I have derived, from studying your grand & noble work on Geographical Distribution.1 Should you be induced to read my volume, I venture to remark that it will be intelligible only by reading the whole straight through, as it is very much condensed. It would be a high gratification to me, if any portion interested you.— But I am perfectly well aware, that you will entirely disagree with the conclusion, at which I have arrived.
You will probably have quite forgotten me; but many years ago you did me the honour of dining at my house in London to meet M. & Mad. Sismondi,—the uncle & aunt of my wife.—2
With sincere respect, I beg leave to remain— | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Sends Origin as testimony to great benefit CD derived from AdeC’s works on distribution.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2523,” accessed on 20 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2523