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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3094,” accessed on 26 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3094