To Asa Gray 12 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray
This note will be chiefly on business.— I received this morning Wrights Article:2 I have hardly glanced at it, but rather fear it is too metaphysico-theological for me. Huxley will be here in few days, & I will hand it to him & he will decide.3 If it does not suit him; what on earth shall I do with it? I have received, also, Procs. of American Academy in 4 vols.,—very many thanks for them.—4
I have received your note of Feb. 15th & am truly obliged to you for allowing me to bear very small risk of publication.5 I am surprised & pleased at sale of new Edit. of Origin in America.— You will have received before this the Bill for £7. s10. d0.—6 Your pamphlet will do the subject very great good, whether or no it sells.— I have had many letters about it; all full of praise—“truly admirable” says one, “& am lending my copy to one person after another”. Another says, “has read nothing on the subject with anything like the satisfaction”— Another says he (ie you) “is a cunning fencer & believes in you entirely”.— I wish this was half true; though I do not mean the cunningness, which is utterly mistaken & false.
I sent copies to Ward, Martineau & Mansell;7 but had already sent copies to Hooker, Bentham, Harvey & Balfour;8 so they will have duplicates. I was much pleased the other day by note from Leidy who professes adherence to natural Selection—9
Is any species of Cypripedium common with you? I wish you would just look whether pollen-masses are removed (by insects?).—10
Could you do me a great favour procure me a pamphlet published in 1850 in Charleston, entitled “Letter to J. Bachman on the Question of Hybridity in Animals by D. Morton”.—11 Or was it subsequently published in any Journal? I know his paper in Silliman (& poor it is.)—12
I am heartily glad to hear about your thumb.—13
I have had my stomach so extra bad of late, that we have resolved to go bag & baggage for 6 weeks or two months, before May 1st., to Malvern for Hydropathy, which is sole thing which revives me.—14
Forgive this extra dull note, & believe me your ever most truly & obliged | Charles Darwin
Has received Chauncey Wright’s article.
Reports on favourable response to AG’s pamphlet.