To John Lubbock [22 November 1859]1
Well Terrace | Ilkley Otley | Yorkshire
My dear Lubbock
I beg pardon for troubling you again. I do not know how I blundered in expressing myself in making you believe that we accepted your kind invitation to Brighton. I meant merely to thank you sincerely for wishing to see such a worn-out old dog as myself.2 I hardly know when we leave this place,—not under a fortnight, & then we shall wish to rest under our own roof-tree.—
I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley’s Natural Theology:3 I could almost formerly have said it by heart.—
I am glad you have got my Book, but I fear that you value it far too highly.— I shd. be grateful for any criticism I care not for Reviews, but for the opinion of men like you & Hooker & Huxley & Lyell &c—
Farewell. With our joint thanks to Mrs Lubbock & yourself | Adios. | C. Darwin
CD’s former admiration for Paley’s Natural theology .
Cares not for reviews [of Origin] but for opinions of men like Lubbock, Huxley, Hooker, Lyell.