To Leonard Horner 20 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Mr. Horner
I am very much obliged for your Address, which has interested me much.2 I have been particularly glad to see your excellent summary on metamorphism, for I was very ignorant of the recent researches.—3 I thought that I had read up pretty well on antiquity of man; but you bring all the facts so well together in a condensed focus, that the case seems much clearer to me.—4 How curious about the Bible!5 I declare I had fancied that the date was somehow in the Bible.— You are coming out in a new light as a Biblical critic!
I must thank you for your remarks on the Origin of Species (though I suppose it is almost as incorrect to do so, as to thank a Judge for a favourable verdict): what you have said has pleased me extremely.6 I am the more pleased, as I would rather have been well attacked than have been handled in the namby-pamby, old-woman style of the cautious Oxford Professor.—7
I most sincerely hope that Mrs Horner is a little better;8 & with my kindest remembrances to all your party, | pray believe me | My dear Mr Horner | Yours sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin
Emma sends her very kind remembrances.
Comments on LH’s "Anniversary Address of the President", [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 17 (1861): xxxi–lxxii]. Notes LH’s comments on metamorphism, antiquity of man, and the Bible. Thanks him for his remarks on Origin.