To J. B. Innes 2 September 1868
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Sep 2. 1868.
My dear Innes
I am much obliged for yr kind & pleasant letter, & am equally surprized & pleased that you have liked my big book—1 I thought that it wd have been too dull for any one but a professed naturalist.
Many thanks for yr notes especially for the case of the pointer, which I think you told me of before, & I have often puzzled myself in trying to remember how I heard it.2 Luckily for me naturalists do not seem to think that I have cut my throat in the suicidal manner which you suppose, for I know of one great convert thro’ this book in England, & I am assured that there are many in Germany.3
Whenever you like you can send me the balance on the Nat. school acct due from Mr Horsman, but I do not care when as I have already had to advance more than that sum.4 I fear there will be much difficulty this year about the school funds as both Mr Stephens5 & Horsman neglected the school & it was found much out of repair, & has cost a good deal.
We have returned from the I. of Wight only about 10 days ago, & I have not seen, tho’ I have called on Mr Robinson who has also been away.6 I shd like to hear your opinion whether I might safely pass over the school accounts to him, as it plagues me keeping 3 sets of accounts.7 I suppose you can form no opinion how long he will be here. The clergyman also I think wd best do the begging for the school, & begging there must be.
Lord Cranworth’s death is a great loss to the parish.8
I cannot think of any parish news to tell you, except that Mr Smith of Down Court appears in a very delicate state of health.9 We saw Sir John & Lady L. yesterday & both appeared very flourishing. If I possibly can, as I expect will be the case I shall give my vote for Sir John in person, as I think he wd prefer it to my pairing even with such an arch Tory as yourself—10
With both our kind regards to Mrs Innes11 believe me my dear Innes | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Surprised and pleased JBI liked his "big book" [Variation].
Luckily, naturalists do not seem to think he has committed suicide with the work.
CD wants to turn over the school accounts to John Robinson [curate of Down]. Writes of other parish news.
Will vote in person for Sir John Lubbock.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6345,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6345