From Henry Holland 21 December 1
Brook Street Decr 21 My dear Charles
The pages I enclose will probably interest you. They are taken from the proceedings of the Manchester Phil. Society, which I received this morning;2 It is now perhaps the best of the Provincial Scientific bodies. I have been a Member of it, for very nearly 60 years.3
I received a few days ago a copy of the attack upon you from the Author; This gives me no clue whatever to his name or nature.4 The nearest approach I make, is that of being very intimate with a friend of his, who fully admits knowing him, but under strict injunction not to disclose him.
I find that very few people have even heard of the volume.
Ever yours affy. | H Holland
Charles Darwin Esqr
Has received a copy of an attack on CD ["Darwinian theory examined"] from the author, but does not know who it is.