From Edward Cresy 9 June 1865
Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens
9 June ’65—
My dear Sir.
Until yesterday I was unable to verify the reference for which Mrs Darwin asked me in her P.S.—1 it is “The Darwinian hypothesis supported by observations on Crustacea by Fritz Muller of Desterro”—contained in the Annals & Magazine of Natural History No 89—May. ’65— P 410. Article 44—2
The article purports to be an abstract of the Bibliotheque Universelle 1865 Bulletin Scientifique, p 154—3 If I can be of service by so doing I will gladly ask Walter White to let me see the article itself as I have no doubt they have it at the Royal Society—4 The argument struck me very much as a piece of circumstantial evidence does in a criminal trial where a hundred little immaterial facts are linked together to demonstrate irresistably the main conclusion—
I was very sorry to hear from Mrs Darwin you have again been so ill—5 I wish your disciples could each club together a fragment of their health to repair yours— It is lamentable to think how much good work we are losing which we should otherwise possess—
I am sorry to say I missed hearing your paper on the climbing plants although looking out for it & never knew it was read till I saw the brief abstract in the papers.6
You would have been amused to have heard Huxley on Friday at the Royal Institution on Ethnology boldly proclaiming his faith in Darwinism & pitching Noahs ark in good set terms to the four winds—7 He never lacks le courage de ses opinions—
With kindest remembrances to Mrs Darwin & your daughter8
I remain | Very truly yours | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq.
How is George getting on—9 I hear of him occasionally from Carpmael—10
Sends Fritz Müller citation as CD requested.
Huxley is boldly proclaiming his Darwinism at Royal Institution ["Methods and results of ethnology", Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 4: 460–3; also Collected essays 7 (1894)].
- positive attitude/assessment
- quotations / citations
- reception of Darwinism
- species, speciation
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4856,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4856