To Asa Gray 11 December 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray
I have just got your letter of Nov. 26th. —2 Not to lose the first chance, I write to say that I will gladly pay half of the (about) 20£, & will distribute some copies & leave others in the agents or Trübners hands:3 I will put a few advertisements in newspapers & see what I can do to get it noticed in a few Periodicals.— But I am a bad man for that, as I live so retired.—
I must hear somehow to whom the consignment of the copies are sent & you can tell me exact sum to repay you.—4 I am heartily glad of this. But I fear it will be impossible to get it known in England so as to sell many.—
If upon reflection you would not like to go to expence do not consider, of course yourself bound.—
Just to exemplify use of your pamphlet. Bishop of London5 was asking Lyell what he thought of the Review in Quarterly, & Lyell’s answer was read “Asa Gray in Atlantic”.6
I will write to Huxley about Mr. Wright’s article7 but I have no hope, as H. said a good strong Anti-Darwinian Article was what he wanted.— I know nothing about payment, but will enquire & let you hear.—
In Haste | Ever yours | C. Darwin
I heartily acquiesce either in better or cheaper Edition—
Hooker will I am sure help in getting pamplet known.—
The pamphlet of AG’s Origin reviews [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. CD will bear half the costs of publishing.
Will write to Huxley about Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin.