To J. D. Hooker 10 February 1
My dear Hooker
What is the good of having a friend, if one may not boast to him? I heard yesterday that Murray has sold in a week the whole edit. of 1500 copies of my book, & the sale so pressing that he has agreed with Clowes to get another edit in 14 days!2 This has done me a world of good for I had got into a sort of dogged hatred of my book. And now there has appeared a review in the Pall Mall which has pleased me excessively, more perhaps than is reasonable.3
I am quite content & do not now care how much I may be pitched into.— If by any chance you shd. hear who wrote the article in the Pall Mall, do please tell me: it is some one who writes capitally & knows the subject.
I went to luncheon on Sunday to Lubbocks,4 partly in hopes of seeing you, & be hanged to you, you were not there.
Your cock-a-hoop Friend | C. D
Has heard that Variation sold the whole edition of 1500 copies in a week [see 5844]. Has done him a world of good. Pall Mall Gazette has review which pleased him exceedingly [see 5874].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5856,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5856