Feels that StGJM’s review of Descent [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90] greatly misrepresents CD’s opinions and conclusions. Feels their differences of opinion are so great that discussion of almost any subject would be a waste of both their time.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Jan 5. 1872
My dear Sir
I am sorry that you have had the trouble of sending me a copyof your article, as I had already procured the Review.f1
I am obliged to you for the opinion which you express about me;but I consider that you have greatly misrepresented my views &conclusions; & I hope I am not quite so bigotted a person as I ammade to appear in the Quarterly Review.f2 We however differ socompletely in our opinion of what is reasonable & just that itwd be waste of time on both sides for us to discuss almost anysubject. Time will decide which of us is in the right.
Dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin