A letter in support of [Ann Jane] Cupples' request to the Literary Fund for assistance. Her talent, industry, and need.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Jan 1. 1877
I understand that Mrs Cupples intends to apply to the Literary Fund for assistance under her present most distressing circumstances, & I beg permission to assure the Committee that in my opinion her claims are real and strong. I have read some of her works, & they seem to me to exhibit remarkable talent, & to be excellently adapted to encourage virtuous conduct, and to spread kindly feelings towards not only mankind but all the lower animals. The number of Mrs Cupples' works prove how industrious she has been.
Her husband, who for his works, has likewise large claims for assistance (& who has aided me on several occasions with valuable information with respect to several obscure Biological questions, obtained at the cost of an extraordinary amount of labour), has long been much out of health & is at present quite unable to maintain himself.
I am informed that there is another and aged relative who depends entirely on Mrs Cupples; & she is herself now suffering from illness.
I am convinced that it would be difficult to find any one on whom the generosity of the Literary Fund could be better bestowed than on Mrs Cupples.
I have the honour to remain, | Sir, | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin
Octavian Blewitt Esq