From [J. M. Herbert]1 [early May 1831]2
If Mr. Darwin will accept the accompanying Coddington’s Microscope,3 it will give peculiar gratification to one who has long doubted whether Mr. Darwin’s talents or his sincerity be the more worthy of admiration, and who hopes that the instrument may in some measure facilitate those researches which he has hitherto so fondly and so successfully prosecuted.
Asks CD to accept a Coddington microscope, which accompanies his anonymous note.
Compliments CD on talent and sincerity.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 99,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-99