To J. D. Hooker 21 January 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
If you can do come here & give us all pleasure, on Saturday 28th for the Sunday.— Winwood Reade (whom I have never seen, & who has aided me) & I hope Günther & Swinhoe are coming.—2 Will you bring, Willy3 with you, though we can give him only a dressing room.— I hope you may be able to come.— Come by train which leaves Charing Cross at 5o. 5’ & reaches Orpington at 5o. 47’, where our carriage will be.—
I finished the last proofs of my book a few days ago:4 the work half killed me & I have not the most remote idea whether the book is worth publishing,—though it seems that it will sell very well.— I shall be well abused, for as my son Frank5 says “you treat man in such a bare-faced manner.”—
All work tires me to death & idleness is twice as bad as work, so I am in a nice fix for the rest of my life. Softening of the brain wd. not be a bad ending.—
Farewell | Your affect | C. Darwin
Mivart has published what seems (I have read only a few pages) a very good book against me, accumulating all possible & some impossible objections.6 It is, however, unfortunately theological. I daresay it will tell heavily against natural selection, but not against evolution, & this is infinitely more important.—
Finished the last proofs of Descent a few days ago. "I shall be well abused."
St George Mivart’s Genesis [of species]: very good, unfortunately theological. Will tell heavily against natural selection but not against evolution, and this is "infinitely more important".