Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Kingsley Requests an Eidolon

[Charles Kingsley to Charles Darwin]

Eversley Rectory, Winchfield.
May 30/65

My dear Sir
We desire much your photograph. I say honestly, there is no living man whom I have not seen, whom I wish to see as much as I do you: & failing that, to have some Eidolon of you for myself & mine.

If you have any photograph of yourself—or if you can tell me where I can procure one, you will do me a real favour.

The more I think, & see, the more I find to make me thankful for your great book.*

Yours faithfully
C. Kingsley

*Charles Darwin had given Kingsley a presentation copy of The Origin of the Species in 1859.

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