To Charles Lyell 29 [November 1859]
My dear Lyell.—
I send Sedgwick’s letter: it is terribly muddled & really the first page seems almost childish.—1 I am sadly overworked—so will not write to you— I have worked in a number of your invaluable corrections—indeed all as far as time permits.
I infer from letter from Huxley that Ramsay is a convert & I am extremely glad to get pure geologists, as they will be very few.2 Many thanks for your very pleasant note. What pleasure you have given me. I believe I shd have been miserable had it not been for you & a few others—for I hear of threatening of attacks, which I dare say will be severe enough.— But I am sure I can now bear them.
Yours gratefully C. D.
About rattle-snake I meant to have added, suppose the bead at end of tail of Trigonocephalus not to be moulted at each exuviation & to grow bigger with each new skin.—3
Encloses letter from Adam Sedgwick .
Mentions conversion of A. C. Ramsay.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2560,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2560