To Fritz Müller 18 July 
Caerdeon, Barmouth N. Wales
My dear Sir—
I received your last letter shortly before leaving home for this place.1 Owing to this cause, & to having been more unwell than usual, I have been very dilatory in writing to you.— When I last heard about 6 or 8 weeks ago from Mr. Murray, 400 copies of your Book had been sold, & I daresay 500 may now be sold.2 This will quite repay me, if not all the money; for I am sure that your book will have got into the hands of a good many men capable of understanding it: indeed I know that it has. But it is too deep for the general public. I sent you 2 or 3 Reviews: one of which in the Athenæum was unfavourable; but this Journal has abused me, & all who think with me, for many years.—3 I enclose two more notices not that they are worth sending: Some other brief notices have appeared.4
The case of the Abutilon sterile with some individuals is remarkable: I believe that I hd. one plant of Reseda odorata which was fertile with own pollen; but all that I have tried since are sterile except with pollen from some other individual. I planted the seeds of the abutilon; but I fear that they were crushed in the letter.—5 Your Escholtzia plants were growing well, when I left home, to which place we shall return by the end of this month, & I will observe whether they are self-sterile.—6
I sent your curious account of the monstrous Begonia to Linnean Soc. & I suppose it will be published in the Journal.—7 I sent the extract about grafted Orange trees to Gardeners’ Chronicle, where it appeared.—8 I have lately drawn up some notes for a French Translation of my Orchis-book: I took out your letters to make an abstract of your numerous discussions, but I found I had not strength or time to do so, & this caused me great regret. I have alluded to your work, as you will see in my Paper, which will also be published in English, & which I will send it you.9
With the most cordial feelings believe me, my dear Sir, | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
P.S. By an odd chance, since I wrote the beginning of this letter, I have received one from Dr. Hooker, who has been reading Für Darwin: he finds that he has not knowledge enough for the first Part; but says that Chpt X & XI “strike me as remarkably good”— He is also particularly struck with some of your highly suggestive remarks in the note to p. 119—10 Assuredly all who read your book will greatly profit by it, & I rejoice that it has appeared in English.
Reports reviews of Facts and arguments for Darwin .
Is preparing for a French translation of Orchids.
The case of Abutilon which is sterile with some individuals is remarkable.
Has sent FM’s account of the monstrous Begonia to the Linnean Society.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6835,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6835