From O. G. Rejlander 30 April 1871
1, | Albert Mansions, | Victoria Street, | S.W.
My dear Sir
It is very difficult to get, at will—those expressions you wish— Few have the command or imagination to appear real— — In time—I might catch some—1 —So I have tried in propria persona— —even cut my moustache shorter to try to please you in the last batch—. The crying baby in the arms of the Boy you see I have had enlarged for you—and so can any other be treated.—2
You ask for a Bill— — You cannot pay for good will
For all the photogrs. you have had I will lump it at £3.3.— And—for each plate that you may want to make use of I will charge only 10/.3
I have worked thro’ the two Vols you pleased to present me with— —4 Whether I agree or not it has helped to enlarge my mind—and certainly my reason cannot believe in the creation of an Adult+ at any one time any more than of a plant jumping full grown into existence.
Yours very truly | O. G. Rejlander
+“And the eyes were opened and the light did not effect them—and could at once discern all the dif. distances— And gastric juice was in the stomack but did not corrode the lining—and the liver & kidneys were active—on nothing— And the blood was there—injected?”— — — — It’s getting absurd—5
Since it is difficult to catch the expressions CD wants, OGR is posing himself.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7728,” accessed on 7 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7728