To B. D. Walsh  April 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I forwarded the paper at once to Wallace “9 St. Mark’s Terrace Regents Park, London. N.W.” & pray at any time use me in the same way.2
I have been much interested by your remarks on Halesidota3 & especially on the 18 spots on Doryphora.—4 What an indefatigable worker you are!
I know nothing about Mr. Wilson Armistead, except that he is going to publish on galls & consequently I sent him a good collection which I had from Ceylon:5 he was profuse in his thanks to me,6 so that I do not think it likely that he would be intentionally ungrateful to you.—
I see that you have been attacking Mr Scudder; & you will do the subject of the change of species wonderfully good service; for everyone in the U. States must now be aware that if he argues foolishly or misquotes, you will be down on him like a clap of thunder.7 I have followed Sir C. Lyell’s8 advice, (who is a very wise man) & always avoided controversy; but Lyell’s arguments (except as far as loss of time is concerned) do not apply to any third party, who has energy & courage & wit enough to enter the arena.—
My health is considerably improved so that I work 2–3 hours daily;9 but all my new work has been stopped since the 1st of March, by correcting & adding to a new Edit. of the Origin.10 But I have found that I cd. not do nearly justice to the subject. I have referred to your work, but have not used it to one quarter of the extent, which I shd. have liked to have done.11 I will send you a copy when it is published in the course of the summer; for it is somewhat improved since the American Edition, which was so unfortunately stereotyped.—12 If you can remember look in Histor: Sketch at my account of Owen’s views: it is rich & shows what a muddle those who “utter sonorous commonplaces about carrying out the Plan of Creation &c” fall into.—13
My dear Sir | Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
You will have seen an account of poor Whewell’s death from a fall from a Horse.14
My second son is now at your old College of Trinity, & has just gained a Scholarship, being the second man of his year, which pleases me much.—15
CD has followed Lyell’s advice and avoided controversy over Origin but encourages BDW to attack S. H. Scudder and others who argue foolishly or misquote him.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Walsh, B. D.
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- Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 7)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5061,” accessed on 19 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5061