To H. E. Litchfield 13 May 1872
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
May 13 1872
My dear Etty
Litchfield’s remarks strike me, (ignorant as I am), as very good; & I shd. much like to insert them. But I cannot possibly give them as my own.—1 I used at school to be a great hand at cribbing old verses, & I remember with fearful distinctness, Dr Butler’s prolonged hum, as he stared at me, & which said a host of unpleasant things, with as much meaning & clearness as Herbert Spencer could devise.2 Now if I publish L.s remarks as my own, I shall always fancy that the public are humming at me. Would L. object to my beginning with some such sentence as follows. “Mr Litchfield, who has long studied music has given me the following remarks”;—& then give these remarks in inverted commas.—3
L. was quite right, about there being a good deal of repetition, & 2 or 3 pages can be condensed into one.— The discussion does not read so atrociously bad, or innanely poor as I had fancied; but that is the highest praise which can be bestowed on my part—
Yours affectionately | C. Darwin
Send me a line in answer.— I am dead tired.— Woolners come on Sunday.— I believe we shall ask S. Butler, author of “Erewhon”, & grandson of Dr. Butler, my old Master.4
Wishes to insert R. B. Litchfield’s remarks [into Expression] but will not give them as his own.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8321,” accessed on 1 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8321