From Asa Gray [late June 1862]1
I have now read (by snatches) the greater part of Morell’s Outlines of Mental Philosophy on the Inductive method.—2a book which has interested me very much from its full acquaintance with, and good use of scientific facts (so rare with metaphysicians),—and I think it is a book to please you.
A fortnight more will essentially relieve me from this wearying work in College, which not only consumes all my time, but unfits me for anything else.3
I ought to go and look up Rhexia; but I cannot find time yet.4
We are getting on quietly with our war; and now that we are used to it, we can keep it up two years longer as well as not, if our rebels choose not to yield. The longer they defer, the worse for slavery.
So some of our wisest and coolest people say that they have no great desire to have it end too soon.
Ever, dear Darwin | Yours cordially | Asa Gray
Has not had time to look at Rhexia.
Progress of Civil War.