To B. J. Sulivan 30 June 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. [6 Queen Anne Street, London]
My dear Sulivan
It was very good of you to write to me so long a letter, telling me much about yourself & your children which I was extremely glad to hear.—2 Think what a benighted wretch I am, seeing no one & reading but little in the newspapers, for I did not know (untill seeing the paper of the your Nat. Hist. Socy.) that you were a K.C.B.3 Most heartily glad I am, that the Government has at last appreciated your most just claim for this high distinction.— On the other hand I am sorry to hear so poor an account of your health; but you were surely very rash to do all that you did & then pass through so exciting a scene, as a ball at the Palace.4 It was enough to have tired a man in robust health.— Complete rest, will, however, I hope, quite set you up again. As for myself I have been rather better of late, & if nothing disturbs me I can do some hours work every day. I shall this autumn publish another book partly on Man, which I daresay many will decry as very wicked.—5 I could have travelled to Oxford, but could no more have withstood the excitement of a commemoration than I could a ball at Buckingham Palace.—6 Many thanks for your kind remarks about my boys. Thank God all give me complete satisfaction: my third stands second at Woolwich & will be an Engineer officer at Christmas.7 My wife desires to be very kindly remembered to Lady Sulivan, in which I very sincerely join, & in congratulations about your daughter’s marriage.8 We are at present solitary, for all our younger children are gone on tour in Switzerland.9 I had never heard a word about the success of the T. del Fuego mission.—10 It is most wonderful, & shames me, as I always prophecied utter failure. It is a grand success.— I shall feel proud if your Committee think fit to elect me an Honorary member of your Socy.—11
With all good wishes & affectionate remembrances of ancient days. Believe me, my dear Sulivan | your sincere friend | Ch. Darwin
Congratulates BJS on his K.C.B.
In autumn he will publish a book partly on man [Descent], which he expects "many will decry as very wicked".
Thinks the success of the Tierra del Fuego mission is wonderful.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7256,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7256