To J. D. Hooker 16 September 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Hooker
I am very sorry to hear about poor Lady Hooker’s suffering illness.— Whenever you can come here, it will make us all uncommonly glad.2 I am very sorry to say that William (who is in Switzerland) has 1st. vol. of Buckle at Southampton, & I thought that the 2d Vol. alone wd not be worth sending.3 I despatched by this morning’s post the 2d. Edit. of Mivart; which is almost the same with 1st. Edit.—4 I am preparing a new & cheap Edit. of Origin, & shall introduce a new chapt. on gradation & on uses of initial commencements of useful structures; for this I observe has produced greatest effect on most persons.5
Everyone of his cases, as it seems to me, can be answered in fairly satisfactory manner. He is very unfair & never says what he must have known could be said on my side. He ignores the effect of use & what I have said in all my later books & editions on the direct effects of the conditions of life, & so-called spontaneous variation.—6 I send you by this post a very clever, but ill-written review from N. America, by friend of Asa Gray, which I have republished.—7
I am glad to hear about Huxley.—8 You never read such strong letters Mivart wrote to me about respect towards me, begging that I would call on him &c &c.9 Yet in the Q. Review he shows the greatest scorn & animosity towards me; & with uncommon cleverness says all that is most disagreeable.—10 He makes me the most arrogant, odious beast that ever lived. I cannot understand him. I suppose that accursed religious bigotry is at the root of it.— Of course he is quite at liberty to scorn & hate me, but why take such trouble to express something more than friendship It has mortified me a good deal.
Your’s affectionately | C. Darwin
Is preparing new edition of Origin [6th] in which he will introduce new chapter to answer Mivart’s criticisms. Mivart is unfair: suppresses facts in CD’s later editions.
Sends article [by Chauncey Wright, see 7940] reviewing Genesis of species.
Mivart writes to CD full of respect, but reviles him in print.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7949,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7949