Darwin reports Haughton’s verdict as having been that “all that was new in there was false, and what was true was old.”
Given the degree of discipleship for Sir Charles, Darwin fully expected to receive Lyell’s commendation for his labors.
To borrow geologist Charles Lyell’s words, intelligent agency is a cause “now in operation” that can be studied in the world around us.
Imagine that you took your 4×4 truck off-roading and you returned home with the truck covered in mud.
Even Darwin would be aghast at what the world has made of a mere abstract that he was almost pathologically ambivalent about ever publishing.