To H. W. Bates 4 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
I heard from Asa Gray a week ago,2 & must have the pleasure of sending you a copy of part of his letter. “The copy of Bates’s paper addressed to me by the author has come.3 I am by no means clear that I shall pass it on to Haldimann,4 certainly not just yet. I have run thro’ it. It is fascinating he at least is a full believer in Nat. Selection & the illustrations he brings to your aid are the prettiest possible.5 I keep it in pickle along with Decandolle on oaks6 & some other matters to make the subject of the evening for our Scientific Society which meets with me a fortnight hence,7 when I hope to torment Agassiz delightfully,8 and then I will myself draw up an abstract of the interesting matter for Silliman, but it is too late for the March number.”9
I have been rather extra unwell for the last ten days so write this by dictation.10 Don’t trouble yourself to acknowledge this. I hope Book goes on well.—11
Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
About Agassiz is of course private.
CD relates Asa Gray’s pleasure over HWB’s paper and Gray’s plans to write abstract [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 36 (1863): 285–90].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4022,” accessed on 26 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4022