To J. D. Hooker 21 January 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
If you can do come here & give us all pleasure, on Saturday 28th for the Sunday.— Winwood Reade (whom I have never seen, & who has aided me) & I hope Günther & Swinhoe are coming.—2 Will you bring, Willy3 with you, though we can give him only a dressing room.— I hope you may be able to come.— Come by train which leaves Charing Cross at 5o. 5’ & reaches Orpington at 5o. 47’, where our carriage will be.—
I finished the last proofs of my book a few days ago:4 the work half killed me & I have not the most remote idea whether the book is worth publishing,—though it seems that it will sell very well.— I shall be well abused, for as my son Frank5 says “you treat man in such a bare-faced manner.”—
All work tires me to death & idleness is twice as bad as work, so I am in a nice fix for the rest of my life. Softening of the brain wd. not be a bad ending.—
Farewell | Your affect | C. Darwin
Mivart has published what seems (I have read only a few pages) a very good book against me, accumulating all possible & some impossible objections.6 It is, however, unfortunately theological. I daresay it will tell heavily against natural selection, but not against evolution, & this is infinitely more important.—
Finished the last proofs of Descent a few days ago. "I shall be well abused."
St George Mivart’s Genesis [of species]: very good, unfortunately theological. Will tell heavily against natural selection but not against evolution, and this is "infinitely more important".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7448,” accessed on 30 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7448