From Edward Cresy 7 February 1868
Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens
7 Febry 68—
My dear Sir,
Your new work has just arrived & I am exceedingly grateful for the loan of it—though dreadfully depressed at your believing I sha’nt read it, quite a reflexion on my powers of consumption as an omnivorous animal—1 I faithfully promise not to keep it a moment longer than necessary for its perusal knowing how many claims you have on your attention and being anxious for its reaching the widest possible range of readers for all that the Saturday Sadducees dont believe there are a hundred people in the country who even fancy they understand the argument—2 At any rate it is rather flattering to belong to so select a party for I certainly fancy that I understand it—
We anticipate some fun this evening from Huxley at Albemarle St about his dear friend Owen though he was not so smart at the Royal Society on Thursday week as I expected—3
With kindest remembrances to Mrs Darwin & your daughter whom I heartily congratulate on her safe deliverance from further perusal of proofs at present.—4
I remain | Yours very truly | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq.
Thanks for loan of Variation. "The Saturday Sadducees" do not believe there are a hundred people who understand the argument. EC fancies he does.