To Charles Kingsley 30 April 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Kingsley
I fully agree with you on the importance of giving to a certain extent a scientific character to Fraser’s Mag.; & I do assure you that it would have given me sincere pleasure to have assisted you in any way.2 But at present I really cannot: I am daily knocked up by correcting proof sheets & the printers are a dozen sheets a head of me, so that I greatly doubt whether I can finish the book by November when Murray wants it.3 Hence it would be ruin to me to stop work for a week or fortnight, & I could not write an article in less time than this. I have so much unpublished matter half completed that I have often vowed I wd never write miscellaneous articles, but I shd have been much tempted under other circumstances to have broken my vow at your request.
So I hope that you will forgive me & believe me | my dear Mr Kingsley | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Regrets that he is too busy getting his book [Variation] ready for publication to contribute an article to Fraser’s Magazine.