To F. E. Abbot 8 January 1872
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Jan. 8th /72/
My dear Sir
I have just received nor 104 of the Index, & I must write a few lines to say that I feel grateful for the manner in which you have introduced my name, which is in fact a magnificent eulogium on me.1 There are hosts of people, who if they saw the article, would disagree with you as widely as is possible; for it is the fashion here to say that I am a good observer, but possess an utterly illogical mind.
I greatly admire the force & eloquence of all the latter part of your article. A firm belief in the laws of nature will some day reign supreme.—2
Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
CD is grateful for the eulogy in Index [no. 104]. Many would disagree. It is the fashion to say he is a good observer with "an utterly illogical mind".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8151,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8151