To John Washington [14 October 1839]
12 Upper Gower St
I return you the proof sheets with a very few & unimportant remarks on the margin.— Mr French, shows, evidently, I think, that he has full knowledge to describe all the rocks he saw correctly.— It strikes me as a very interesting & good paper.—1
I am delighted to hear you have sent for the Annales Maritim.—
I have not any volume of D’Urville,2 nor indeed any property of the Geograph. (excepting Horsburgh)3 as I returned everything before I went into the country.
If I had any modesty I should be ashamed to notice the extract you sent me from Humboldt,4 but my admiration for Humboldt has been of so long standing, that I confess few things in my life have gratified me more, than hearing of his approbation, although I should have swallowed the dose quite as readily if it had been a little less strong: even a young author cannot gorge such a mouthful of flattery—
Believe me | Ever Yours | Chas. Darwin
Returns proofs of J. O. French’s article ["Account of the province of La Rioja: S. America", J. R. Geogr. Soc. 9 (1839): 381–406].
Gratified by Humboldt’s praise of Journal of researches [J. R. Geogr. Soc. 9 (1839): 502].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 537,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-537