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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2541

To ? [after 2 November 1859]1

scoring many passages for future reflexion.—

My book on the Origin of species has been some time finished, & will be published, as I hear from Murray, on Nov. 22d.— I fear, if you ever read it, that the conclusions will be abominable <several lines missing > & I must stop, otherwise I shall be ruined.

My book in its present state is sadly too much condensed.—

Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
Dated on the basis of CD's remark that Origin was to be published on 22 November 1859. This information was received in the preceding letter. According to Freeman 1977, p. 75, the publishers' trade sale was on 22 November and the book was published on 24 November.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2541
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Unidentified
Sent from
Ilkley
Source of text
Michael S. Hollander (dealers)
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Origin will be published 22 Nov. Fears correspondent will find the conclusions "abominable".

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2541,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2541

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