To P. L. Sclater 4 January 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Sclater
I am infinitely obliged about the Cynomolgus: I have struck out the whole passage.—2 You men who do only or chiefly original work have an immense advantage over compilers, like myself, as you can know what to trust.—
I wish with all my heart I had thought of consulting you about woodcuts, & had known about your artist; but I thought Brehm’s drawings fairly good enough for my purpose of popular illustration; & it saved me trouble; but I now much regret I did not get better drawings.— Murray never objects to cost.—3
You will never know what a load of anxiety you have taken from my mind, as I feared I might have fallen into endless blunders; as it is I shall feel safe, within reasonable limits, for all the chapters you have so very kindly looked over. Heaven knows, whether the book is worth one quarter of the labour which it has cost me, though the collecting the facts, during several past years, has been a great amusement to me
Yours very truly obliged | Ch. Darwin
Is infinitely obliged for a correction. "You men who do only or chiefly original work have an immense advantage over compilers like myself, as you can know what to trust." Wishes he had consulted PLS before using A. E. Brehm’s Thierleben woodcuts [for Descent]. PLS’s assistance has saved him from "endless blunders"; he now feels safe.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Sclater, P. L.
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- Zoological Society of London (GB 0814 BADD (Darwin))
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7427,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7427