To H. W. Bates 30 April 1
C. Darwin | at Revd. C. Langton’s | Hartfield | Tonbridge Wells2
You will have received before this the note which I addressed to Leicester, after finishing vol. I, & you will have received copies of my little Review of your paper.3 By the way I heard yesterday from Asa Gray that his article on same is delayed till next number in Silliman’s Journal.—4 I have now finished vol. 2. & my opinion remains the same; that you have written a truly admirable work, with capital original remarks, first-rate descriptions, & the whole in a style which could not be improved.5 My family are now reading the book & admire it extremely; & as my wife remarks, it has so strong an air of truthfulness.—
I had a letter from a person the other day, unknown to you, full of praise of the book.—6 I do hope it may get extensively heard of & circulated; but to a certain extent this, I think, always depends on chance.
I suppose the clicking noise of surprise made by the Indian, is that which end of tongue applied to palate of mouth & suddenly withdrawn makes?7
I have not written since receiving your note of April 20th, in which you confide in me & tell me your prospects—8 I heartily wish they were better & especially more certain; but with your abilities & powers of writing it will be strange if you cannot add what little you require for your income. I am glad that you have got a retired & semi-rural situation.9
What a grand ending you give to your book contrasting civilisation & wild life!10 I quite regret that I have finished it: every evening it was a real treat to me to have my half hour in the grand Amazonian forest, & picture to myself your vivid descriptions. There are heaps of facts of value to me in a Nat. Hist. point of view— It is a great misfortune that you were prevented giving the discussion on species.—11 But you will, I hope, be able to give your views & facts somewhere else.—
Once again I congratulate you & believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
We shall stay here till Wednesday & then move for a week to
J. Wedgwood’s Esqr 12
Leith Hill Place
We have come for change for my Boy & own health-sake13
After finishing vol. 2 [of Naturalist on the river Amazons], CD still has only praise. Remarks that his family is also enjoying the book. He regrets having finished, since he so enjoyed the descriptions.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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- Charles Langton, Hartfield
- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4132,” accessed on 30 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4132