To H. W. Bates 9 April 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I have an hour ago received your note & the Book.2 I thank you cordially for your kind present. I have cut the pages & looked at most of the illustrations, & it seems to me one of the best got up books I have ever seen. I shall read it slowly & am sure it will interest me greatly.3 Whether it sells quickly or no, I feel a conviction that this publication will always be herafter a great satisfaction to you, when your severe labour will be forgotten. You will see it often alluded to in other works. I fear the great expence, which is not surprising, will lessen profits.4 It is so clear that it is Murray’s interest to sell the Book largely & as he has had large experience, I think you need not fear he will advertise to right degree.5 Remember how expensive advertisements are. He is never a great advertiser; & I have fancied when he feels sure that the Book will sell he advertises little. I do not think he has advertised Lyell much, & I am sure he advertised the Origin extremely little.6
I cordially congratulate you on publishing such a work.— When settled in London & you have leisure send me a line to say what your prospects are.— Shall you be in Holles St?7 I wrote there some little time since telling you of A. Grays “fascination” at your Butterfly paper.—8
With every good wish.— believe me yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks HWB for his book [Naturalist on the river Amazons]. Feels sure it will often be alluded to in other works.
Asa Gray is fascinated by the "Butterfly paper" ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 495–566].
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- Darwin, C. R.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4080,” accessed on 24 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4080