To St G. J. Mivart 21 January 
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your kind present.—1 It will take me some time to read it, as I can read but little of anything which requires much thought. If I had known that your book was published I would not of course have directed vol. I of my book to be sent to you;2 nor do I suppose you will care much about it. It will probably excite your indignation. I always console myself with thinking that I have done my best
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Is obliged for StGJM’s book [On the genesis of species (1871)].
Would not have sent him vol. 1 [of Descent] if he had known that StGJM’s book was already published.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7450A,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7450A