To H. E. Darwin 20 March 1871
March 20. 1871
My dear Henrietta,
I do not know whether you have been told that Murray reprinted 2000, making the edition 4500, & I shall receive 1470£ for it.1 That is a fine big [sum]. The corrections were 128£!! Altogether the book, I think, as yet has been very successful, & I have been hardly at all abused. Several reviewers speak of the lucid vigorous style etc.— Now I know how much I owe to you in this respect, which includes arrangement, not to mention still more important aids in the reasoning.2 Therefore I wish to give you some little memorial costing about 25 or 50£, to keep in memory of the book, over which you took such immense trouble. I have consulted Mamma, but we cannot think what you would like, & she with her accustomed wisdom advised me to lay the case before you & let you decide how you like—
I have been greatly interested by the second article in the Spectator & by Wallace’s long article in the Academy— I see I have had no influence on him, & his Review has had hardly any on me—3
We go to London on April 1st. for a few days, in order that I may visit & consult Rejlander about Photographs on Expression—4 I think I shall make an interesting little vol. on the subject.— By the way, I have had hardly any letters about ‘the Descent’ worth keeping for you, except one from a Welshman abusing me as an old ape with a hairy face & thick skull.5 We shall be heartily glad to see you home again.6
Goodbye my very dear coadjutor & fellow-labourer | Your affecate. father. Ch. Darwin.
Love to Langtons7
Reports on sales and reception of his book [Descent]. Thanks HED for her help.
Wallace’s article in the Academy [2 (1870–1): 177–82] shows CD has had no influence on him; the review has had hardly any influence on CD.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7605,” accessed on 24 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7605