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Letter 5800

Darwin, C. R. to Galton, Francis

25 Jan [1868?]


FG’s congratulations [on publication of Variation] have given CD pleasure.

Trusts that FG is well again.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan. 25th

My dear Galton

Your few words of congratulation have given me sincerepleasure & I thank you cordially.—f2 I shd. have been still betterpleased, if you had told me how you were. I have enquiredwhenever I have had a chance of hearing, but did not hear sometwo months ago a very good account.f3

I trust & hope by your note that you are well again, but I knowthat over mental work takes long in recovery.—

With heartythanks & good wishes | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin

University College Library, London (Galton 39)



The year is conjectured by the references to Galton’s poor healthand on the assumption that the letter alludes to GeorgeHoward Darwin’s success in the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (seeletter to G. H. Darwin, 24 January [1868] and n. 2).
The letter from Galton has not been found.
Galton suffered a breakdown in health in 1866 and did not recoverfully until the beginning of 1869 (Gillham 2001, pp. 150–1).
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