From Henry Holland 20 April 1
72 Brook Street
My dear Charles
The little volume I send you—(one of some twenty copies printed) was drawn from me by the solicitation of my Children; frequently [renewed] but never till lately acceded to.2
Finding that a mere Manuscript would not suffice for the many family demands upon me, I have put it into this form; reserving half a dozen copies for as many old friends; who may be interested in the narrative for my sake— But do not consider yourself in any way pledged to read it through. The exceptions I have thought it needful to make, leave the narrative a dull one, save to my Children & Grandchildren, for whom it is chiefly intended.
I send this note, & the book, through Erasmus;3 that he may look at it, if he wishes, before transmitting it to you
I hope you like Lewes’ articles on your volumes.4 I think them excellent I had a good deal of conversation with him on the subject, before they were written
Ever my dear Charles, yours affecty | H Holland
Sends CD a copy of a book he has had printed mainly for the interest of his children and grandchildren [later published as Recollections of past life (1872)].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6131,” accessed on 27 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6131