From Alice Bonham-Carter to Emma Darwin 21 December 1
Ravensbourne | Bromley S.E.
Dear Mrs Darwin—
I have been hoping to call—(instead of which, I am going away) with a manuscript—a translation from an article written by (the German Professor of Geology) Cotta on Sir C. Lyell’s & Mr Darwin’s works2—& the translator—Mr Noel3 thought that Mr Darwin might like to read what he, Cotta, says of his views—for he seems to appreciate & apply them most correctly— The remarks upon the “Origin” begin at Page 86 not taking up more than 11 of the MS. sheets—so that perhaps Mr Darwin would not find them too long to look at himself— in spite of corrections & want of corrections Mr Noel thought of sending it to the Natural History Review4 or of asking Mr Lubbock5 to give his opinion on it first— Will you be so good as to send it back here to Elinor 6 when you have finished—as I shall be away for a week—& as Mr Noel would, for Prof. Cotta’s sake, be glad to have it published as soon as possible—
Believe me very sincerely yrs Alice Bonham Carter
Elinor hopes to call on Thursday
Sends a translation by Mr Noel [not found] of C. B. von Cotta’s views on CD’s and Lyell’s work.