To George Busk 4 December 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Busk
I thank you sincerely for your most kind letter2 which I should have answered at once but I have been more unwell than usual for the last few days.
I did not know before receiving your note that I was indebted to you for proposing me for the Copley medal.3 I have just seen in the Reader Sabine’s splendid eulogium on my work in Nat. History;4 I do not know who helped him but strongly suspect that I owe a good deal of the praise to you—5
You will remember that you were so kind as to advise me a year & a half ago about my incessant sickness.6 I have got over this, but still keep very weak & fear I shall ever remain so.7
Believe me my dear Busk with cordial thanks for your kindness | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. I do not know whether it is improper, but I have written to Sabine to express the pleasure which his eulogium has given me, but I added that I shd. of course have liked a little more said about the “Origin”, but that he could say only what he thought true; I then added a few sentences sticking up for the truth of the general principles of the “Origin”.—8
Thanks GB for proposing him for Copley Medal; suspects he is responsible for the praise in Sabine’s "splendid eulogy" on his work. Has, however, written to Sabine to say he would have liked a little more said about the Origin.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Busk, George
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4696,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4696