To Chauncey Wright 28 October 1871
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Oct 28 1871
My dear Mr Wright
I am glad to hear that you have written your paper on Phyllotaxy, & I am sure that you must have found it a very difficult subject to make clear.1
It pleases me that you are satisfied with the appearance of your pamphlet. I am sure that it will do our cause good service; & this same-opinion Huxley has expressed to me. In number 2 of the Journal of the Anthropolog. Institute, just published, there is a very short but favourable notice of it.2
Your letter arrived just one day after the return of my two sons from America.3 They enjoyed their tour exceedingly; & I think Cambridge more than all the rest. I am sure I feel grateful for the extraordinary kindness with which they were treated. When you meet any of their friends I hope that you will say how thoroughly they enjoyed themselves & how grateful they feel.
I can quite understand yr hesitation in screwing up yr courage to come all the way to Europe; should you ever come here I shall be truly glad to see you.
Thank you for your offer of sending me yr paper on Phyllotaxy when published, as I shall be very glad to see it.4
Pray believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Glad CW has written on phyllotaxy [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. n.s. 9 (1867–73): 379–415].
Sure that CW’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)] will do cause good service.
Grateful for kindness to sons in America.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8033,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8033