To Andrew Murray 2 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr. Murray
I sincerely wish you success in your great undertaking—2 There can be no doubt about the value, interest & difficulty of a general work on Geograp. Distribution. I have long wished to see the distribution of plants & animals well compared. You will have much useful matter in Aph. Decandolle’s work;3 but, as it seems to me, the great difficulty will be in connecting by some natural bond a multitude of dry facts.
I really have no suggestions to make; I could not give any, even if I knew the plan of your work.4 Nor have I very recently attended to the subject.5 All that I can do is to wish you success & to congratulate you that you have now time for Science.6
You enquire about my health, I am still very weak after my long illness & suppose I shall ever remain so, but I am fortunate enough to be able to occupy myself for about a couple of hours daily with natural History.
Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
Wishes AM success in undertaking his work on geographical distribution [The geographical distribution of mammals (1866)]. CD has no suggestions to make as he has not recently attended to the subject.
He is still weak after his long illness and supposes he will ever remain so.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4649,” accessed on 24 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4649