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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Lyell   29 [November 1859]

[Ilkley]

29th

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

Footnotes

Letter from Adam Sedgwick, 24 November 1859.
The letter from Thomas Henry Huxley has not been found, but see letter to T. H. Huxley,27 November [1859].

Summary

Encloses letter from Adam Sedgwick [2548].

Mentions conversion of A. C. Ramsay.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2560
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Charles Lyell (1st baronet)
Sent from
Ilkley
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (180)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2560,” accessed on 16 August 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2560

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7

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