To James Orton 24 February 1
Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I received the day before yesterday your “Andes & the Amazon”, & most sincerely thank you for your present.— I feel deeply sensible of the honour which you have conferred on me by your kindly expressed Dedication, & for the frequent notices in your text of my Journal.2 You will make this old book of mine quite well known in your great country.
Your work is most elegantly illustrated & got up: I have as yet had time to read only as far as page 105, but I like extremely all that I have read, & I look forward with much pleasure to each evening for continuing it
Your account of Quito is quite new to me & your descriptions bring the scenes before my eyes with much power.3 It has caused me much regret that I failed to procure information about the Horse’s tooth: I wrote a second time & called on Prof. Huxley.4 Each time I am sure he intended to compare the tooth & give his judgment; but in fact he undertakes much more than mortal man can do, & is half-worked to death.— I hope & fully expect that your book will be in every way highly successful.
With cordial thanks, believe me | Dear Sir | Yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin
Thanks JO for his The Andes and the Amazon.
Is sorry he has failed to get any information on the horse’s tooth.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Orton, James
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7116,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7116