To J. J. Weir 16 October 1871
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Oct 16th 1871
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your kind note & invitation.1 I shd. like exceedingly to accept it, but it is impossible.— I have been for some months worse than usual, & can withstand no exertion or excitement of any kind, & in consequence have not been able to see anyone or go anywhere.— As long as I remain quite quiet, I can do some work, & am now preparing a new & cheap Edit. of the Origin in which I shall answer Mr. Mivart’s chief objections.2
Huxley will bring out a splendid review on do. in the Contemporary R. on November 6th.—3
I am pleased that you like Ch. Wrights article.4 It seemed to me very clever for a man who is not a naturalist. He is highly esteemed in the U. States as a Mathematician & sound reasoner.
I wish I could join your party.— | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin
Cannot accept JJW’s invitation to a party. His health has been worse than usual for some months – can see no one nor can he go anywhere.
Is preparing a cheap edition of the Origin [6th] and will answer Mivart’s objections.
CD is pleased JJW likes C. Wright’s "Darwinism" [see 7940]. Huxley will publish a splendid review of it in Contemporary Review [Nov 1871].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Weir, J. J.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1349)
- Physical description
- negative attitude/assessment
- reception of Darwinism
- species, speciation
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8013,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8013