Thanks for THH’s essay on species [article for an American encyclopedia].
Will probably never again write on large and general subjects; will keep to easier specific ones such as insectivorous and climbing plants.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Huxley
Your essay on species seems to me excellent—the whole subject ina nut.— I do not know whether I may keep it— If I may, pleasetell me title of book in which it in.— f2But, though I shd. liketo keep it, do not hesitate to have it returned, as it a mere chancewhether I shall ever again write on large & general questions. I thinkit will be wiser to keep to easier & special subjects, such as Insectivorousplants or Climbing Plants.— By the way I hope you got the formerbook.— I told Murray to send a copy to you to make theseries of my books, complete; though I do not suppose you wd. care about it. & so it shall be with my Climbing Plants.f3
Ever yours | C. Darwin