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
Origin will be published 22 Nov. Fears correspondent will find the conclusions "abominable".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2541,” accessed on 21 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2541