FG's congratulations [on publication of Variation] have given CD pleasure.
Trusts that FG is well again.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Galton
Your few words of congratulation have given me sincere
pleasure & I thank you cordially.— I sh
I trust & hope by your note that you are well again, but I know that over mental work takes long in recovery.—
With hearty thanks & good wishes | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 5800.f1The year is conjectured by the references to Galton's poor health and on the assumption that the letter alludes to George Howard Darwin's success in the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (see letter to G. H. Darwin, 24 January  and n. 2).
- f2 5800.f2The letter from Galton has not been found.
- f3 5800.f3Galton suffered a breakdown in health in 1866 and did not recover fully until the beginning of 1869 (Gillham 2001, pp. 150--1).