From Henry Holland 6 November 1
72 Brook Street
My dear Charles,
Having now reached the last Chapter of the volume, for which I am indebted to your kindness, I may fairly speak of the interest with which I have read it throughout.2 It perhaps adds somewhat less than I expected, to the evidence of the derivation of Man; but this you allude to yourself in the last sentence of the volume;3 & I am much disposed to think with you, that the confirmation was hardly needed.
Some detached comments I may make, when I have the pleasure of seeing you.
I have myself had a somewhat busy autumn of travel; going round the North Cape,4 under the light of the midnight sun, & 200 miles beyond, to the borders of Russian Lapland—reaching 71"30 of Latitude. Since that time I have been to Lord Rosse’s great Reflectors in Ireland,5 and still-more lately, have passed three weeks in the delicious Island of Madeira, warming myself there after the Arctic Seas: This is tolerable work for a gentleman in his 85th year.
Let me see you when you come to Town. Ever my dear Charles, your’s | affecly | H Holland
Has finished reading Descent and sends some comments [missing].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8604,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8604