To Asa Gray 8 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
March 8th. —
My dear Gray
I now send some more M.S. & I shd. be extremely glad if they are not too late for the Edition.2 If the long addition for p. 126 is too late, that at p. 336 cannot be inserted, as they hang together—unless indeed the M.S for p. 126 were given as a supplement.3 These additions seem to me, judging from number of letters which I have received on the subject of some little importance.— I will for future keep to my resolution of not wasting more time on the origin. So that you need not fear my giving more trouble. Most sincerely do I thank you from my heart for all your generous kindness, & interest about my book. If there be any profit I am not so foolish as to despise it, but you are perfectly right that I care more for a good & corrected American Edition; & it is the simple truth that I shd. be infinitely pleased to share profits with you; & this would be fair in many ways. Your truly admirable Review would make a most useful prefix,4 so I hope the Publishers will agree. Believe me that I fully appreciate your motives in taking such great trouble about my Book.—
I have not yet been able to read coolly a second time all your Review; I have had to lend it to so many persons.— I have had a long letter from Dr. Boott, full of the most noble love of truth & candour.5 He goes far with me, but cannot swallow all. No one could until he had enlarged his gullet by years 〈of〉 practice, as in my own case.— You ask about Zoonomia Da〈rwin〉 I am his Grandson.—6 How extraordinary is 〈the〉 state of mind of Agassiz: it is, as you say, a case of “science run mad.” Owen after much shuffling & secresy; with bitter sneers to some & modified very slight praise to others, has just spoken out that he rejects my views on the ground of the imperfection of the geological record. Now this is just the subject on which he knows nothing; for in his life he has never examined a single stratum. I can count in England 4 geological converts & 8 or 9 other Naturalists. I hear that Thwaites of Ceylon is one.— 7 Did you see Harvey in G. Chronicle versus the Origin: the article, I thought rather weak; & Hooker’s answer admirably good.8 I send Macmillan, not that it is worth sending; look at the verses at the end of following article!9
Farewell my kind friend. Believe me— Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
If possible I shd. like out of curiosity to receive through Murray of Albemarle St a copy of the American Edition—10
P.S. Since the above was written I have received Appletons letter to you with his P.S.—11 I much fear that the additions herewith sent will be too late.
You might tell the Appletons that I mean to leave all future Editions of the “Origin” (as far as I can tell) in its present state with the additions now sent.—
Hearty thanks about the money.12 I should have thought the £50 very handsome. & a bird in Hand worth two in the Bush.— —
With renewed thanks | Ever yours | C. D.
Further additions and corrections for American Origin.
Views of Owen, G. H. K. Thwaites, and W. H. Harvey on CD’s theories.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2726,” accessed on 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2726