To W. H. Flower 22 September 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Prof. Flower.
Would you do me the very great kindness to read the two short enclosed papers, & tell me or alter what is incorrect.2 I have put in some words on the chance of their being correct.— You will see that I quote some of your remarks;3 but you may object or not like to be mixed up even so remotely as this with my theoretic notions, which many think rubbish, pleasantly flavoured, according to the Quarterly Reviewer, who I cannot doubt is Mr Mivart, with bigotry arrogance illiberality & many other nice qualities.—4
In this case, I beg you not to scruple to refuse, & I will omit the whole unimportant paragraph, though I shd. rather like to give it, if I knew that it was correct.
Pray forgive me for asking this favour, & believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Asks WHF to check over some enclosed MS pages [Origin, 6th ed.?]. CD quotes some of WHF’s remarks, but should WHF not wish to be mixed with CD’s theoretic notions, CD will omit the whole paragraph.
Many think CD’s notions are "rubbish, pleasantly flavoured", like the reviewer in the Quarterly Review, who CD cannot doubt is "Mr Mivart, with bigotry arrogance illiberality & many other nice qualities".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7963,” accessed on 17 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7963