Wishes their correspondence regarding their differences to be dropped, as CD feels that nothing he could say would have any influence on StGJM.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Sir
I most fully agree with what you say about pursuing the truth at allcosts.f1 I will not enter on any details, as I am convinced that nothingwhich I could say would have any influence on you.— If I had notbeen personally known to you, I shd. not have been vexed at thespirit which seems to me & to some others to pervade all your articlesin relation to me, notwithstanding general expressions to thecontrary.— I can say this confidently, as I read the Month longbefore I knew that you were the author, & considered carefully all thearguments, without caring about the denunciation of atheism &c., as Ihad been well accustomed to covert sneers of all kinds & todenunciations of all kinds.—f2 As it is your several articles havemortified me more than those of any other man, excepting Prof. Owen; &for the same reasons, as I was silly enough to think he felt friendlytowards me.—f3I hope that you will now let this correspondence drop, as I want todrive the whole subject out of my mind; & I can protect myself for thefuture by not reading your controversial writings, only those devotedto ordinary science.—So you can pursue your course, & I can pursue minefor a little longer, without our interfering with each other.
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin