To J. S. Henslow 26 October 
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Henslow
Many thanks for your note & for all the trouble about the seeds, which will be most useful to me next spring.—1 On my return home I will send the shillings.—2
I concluded that Dr Bree had blundered about the Celts.3 I care not for his dull unvarying abuse of me & singular misrepresentation But at p. 244 he in fact doubts my deliberate word, & that is the act of a man who has not the soul of a gentleman in him. Kingsley is “the celebrated Author & Divine” whose striking sentence I give in 2d. Edition with his permission:4 I did not chose to ask him to let me use his name, & as he did not volunteer, I had of course no choice.
I read with interest your letter in Athenæum.5 Lyell seems to consider the deposits ordinary fluviatile beds, & not as showing signs of a debacle.6 It is the most interesting subject which Geology has turned up for many a long year.—
Dr Freke has sent me his paper,7—which is far beyond my scope,—something like the capital quiz in the Anti-Jacobins on my Grandfather, which was quoted in the Quarterly Rw.8
My poor girl improved during the first four weeks here, but has had this last week a fearful attack, & is much exhausted, & we are much dispirited about her.— When we shall be able to take her home, I cannot conjecture.
My dear old master | Yours affect. | C. Darwin
CD does not mind C. R. Bree’s dull, unvarying abuse and misrepresentation, but when he doubts CD’s deliberate word, "that is the act of a man who has not the soul of a gentleman in him".
JSH’s letter in Athenæum ["Flints in the drift", 20 Oct. 1860, p. 516] is interesting.
H. Freke’s paper [On the origin of species by means of organic affinity (1861)] is beyond CD’s scope.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2964,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2964