To A. R. Wallace 24 [May 1862]1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Wallace
I write one line to thank you for your note & to say that the B. of Oxford wrote the Quarterly R (paid £60), aided by Owen. In the Edinburgh Owen no doubt praised himself.2 Mr. Maw’s Review in Zoologist is one of the best; & staggered me in part, for I did not see the sophistry of parts—3 I could lend you any which you might wish to see; but you would soon be tired. Hopkins in Fraser & Pictet are two of the best.—4
I am glad you approve of my little Orchid Book; but it has not been worth, I fear, the 10 months it has cost me: it was a hobby horse & so beguiled me.—5
I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from Boils; I have often had fearful crops: I hope that the Doctors are right in saying that they are serviceable.—6
How puzzled you must be to know what to begin at.7 You will do grand work, I do not doubt.— My health is, & always will be, very poor: I am that miserable animal a regular valetudinarian.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Quarterly Review piece written by Bishop Wilberforce with aid of Owen.
Other reviews mentioned.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3570,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3570