To G. D. Hinrichs 13 August 1868
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. [Freshwater]
Aug. 13 1868.
My dear Sir
I have received your letter with its inclosure in reference to Professor Dana; but I have not received some other publication to which you allude.1 As it is many years since I have attended to chemistry I should not be able to form any sound judgment on your theory; but I can clearly see, if you can establish your case, that you will have made a magnificent discovery.
You have my entire sympathy in all the great exertion & trouble which necessarily follow in such an undertaking as yours. I have read your Sunday lecture on Faith & Science with very great interest: it appears to me excellently written & contains many ideas quite new to me.2
Dr Hooker Pres. of the British Association has been staying with me, & I have called his attention to the distribution of your papers at the Meeting on the 19th.3 He also yesterday read your Sunday lecture with interest.
Pray believe me dear Sir with every good wish | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Acknowledges GH’s letter and the lecture on "Faith and science".
Cannot form a judgment on his chemical theory, but if GH establishes his case it will be a magnificent discovery.
"Faith and science" contained many ideas new to CD. Hooker, too, has read it with interest.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Hinrichs, G. D.
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- Freshwater Down letterhead
- Source of text
- Illinois History and Lincoln Collections (Hinrichs collection)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6313,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6313