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 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7949