To John Tyndall 7 October 1868
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Oct 7. 1868
Professor G. Hinrichs of Iowa some time ago sent me a letter in which he described how he had worked & sacrificed every thing, almost to the last dollar in getting his chemical & molecular views known.1 He sent me also a lecture on Religion & Science which seemed to me good, & in some points original.2
I answered that I cd form no judgment on his work, but expressed sincere sympathy for his up hill labour.3 Now I am punished by receiving copies of all his publications, including the chief one of which only 112 copies were printed, together with some circulars.4 I write to ask you whether you will accept the whole bundle? & if you will I shall feel truly grateful. Wd you object to place one of the circulars on the tables of of the Royal. Inst. & Athenæum;5 & if any one shd call on you who cares for such subjects, give him a copy. I ask all this, to ease my own conscience & help a poor devil if that is possible.
Many thanks for your Address at Norwich, recd several weeks ago, which I read with the greatest interest, & which I am told excited great admiration at Norwich.6
By the way, I must add how much I admired, & how entirely I agreed with you in a paper published a long time ago, I think in the Fortnightly, in which you enlarged on the wonderful power of pondering; I believe you have hit on the whole secret of scientific discovery.7
Forgive me for troubling you | & believe me yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
Asks JT to distribute some circulars about the work of Gustavus Hinrichs of Iowa, whom CD wishes to help.
Admires JT’s Norwich address [to Mathematics and Physics Section, BAAS meeting, Rep. BAAS 38: 1–6] and his Fortnightly Review paper on scientific discovery [7 (1867): 645–60].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6413,” accessed on 31 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6413