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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Lyell   25 December [1870]

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 25th

My dear Lyell

I am very much obliged for the new book, received yesterday.1 It seems wonderfully full of matter, & I shall soon look over all the parts likely to contain any new conclusions; but at present I can literally do nothing & think about nothing, except the sickening work of getting my last sheets corrected & recorrected for the press.—2 I have first proofs to correct of only one more short chapter, & then thank all the powers above & below, I shall be a man again & not a horrid grinding machine.— I wish you joy heartily that your labour is over.—

Ever yours. | C. Darwin

Footnotes

Lyell had evidently sent a presentation copy of The student’s elements of geology (Lyell 1871); CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Archive–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 545–6).
CD was working on the proof-sheets of Descent.

Summary

Thanks CL for his book [The student’s elements of geology (1871)].

Is correcting proofs [of Descent].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7401
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Sent from
Down
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (386)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7401,” accessed on 23 October 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7401

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18

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