To H. E. Litchfield 25 July 1872
July 25th 1872
My dearest H.
What a deal of pains you have taken over the chapt.— I am quite sorry that you shd. have had the trouble of writing out cleanly your corrections, though you thus saved me much trouble. It was, however, a tough job considering all your alterations, almost everyone of which has been accepted & all are good.— I struck out the long par. about which I asked you; though I did so at last with some regret.— When in doubt do not take your trick is a golden rule, I believe, in writing.— I agree to what you say about latter pars. in Chapt. & I have partly accepted your alterations. In the last Par. I cut the Gordion Knot by leaving out all about the philosophy of language. It ends rather flat, & flat it must remain.1
If you have nothing to say, say it, is not a golden rule in writing.
Very many thanks, I hope I have not killed you. I know that I am half-killed myself.—
Yours affect., | C. Darwin
F. says the Tennyson passage will do just as well afterwards.2
I have written to Uncle Ras. & I hope he will come at once.—3
We had a nice little sight of Ravens. [yesterday].4 Albert is really fatter I am convinced.5 We shall be delighted to see Hope & E. Camilla comes Monday so I hope we shall have them first.6
I hope u will turn up Sat. I am feeling so utterly dead w. the heat7 I can hardly bear to think of the W.M.C. for Sat.8
Thanks for her pains over corrections [for Expression].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8427,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8427