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Letter 7123

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, H. E.

[Mar] 1870


Responds to her suggested corrections [of Descent].


Spring 1870

My dear Hen.

I have worked through, (& it is hard work) half of the 2dChapter on mind, & your corrections & suggestions are excellent.f2I have adopted the greater number, & I am sure that they are verygreat improvements.— Some of the transpositions are most just. Youhave done me real good service; but by Jove how hard you must haveworked & how thoroughily you have mastered my M.S. I am pleased withthis Chapter now that it comes fresh to me.—

Your affectionate, admiring & obedient | Father, C. D.

All is as clear as daylight— your plan of putting correctionssaves me a world of trouble, by just as much as it must have causedyou.— N.B. you can write, I see, a perfectly clear hand, asin all the corrections.—

DAR 185: 58



The month is conjectured from the reference to spring, and from therelationship between this letter, the letter to H. E. Darwin, [8February 1870], and the letter from Emma Darwin to H. E. Darwin, [25March 1870] (DAR 219.9: 82), in which Emma asks Henrietta to writewhen she receives a manuscript. This manuscript was presumably that ofthe chapter or chapters of Descent following those on the mentalpowers of humans and animals.
CD had asked Henrietta, who was travelling in France and Italy, toread the manuscript of Descent; see letter toH. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870], and letter from H. E. Darwin,[after 8 February 1870].
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