To Alphonse de Candolle 2 November 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your great kindness in having sent me your “Histoire des Sciences &c”.2 From what I see of the contents I look forward with real eagerness to read it; but I shall not be able to begin for a week or two. I have just published a small book on Expression, which I did not suppose you would care to see; but from the nature of your recent studies, parts may possibly interest you, so I have told my Publisher to send you a copy.3
My health keeps very weak & I dread the exertion of grappling with the fearful subject of variation; so I am now employed in working up some observations in Botanical physiology made twelve years ago, which I intend publishing with some other new matter & some of my old papers on Climbing Plants, Dimorphism &c in a volume.—4
With cordial thanks & sincere respect, Pray | believe me | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Thanks for AdeC’s Histoire des sciences .
Sends a copy of Expression.
His health keeps him weak; he dreads grappling with the fearful subject of variation [in nature]
so he is working up some observations in botanical physiology to publish with his old papers on climbing plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8593,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8593