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Letter 6418

Darwin, C. R. to Sedgwick, Adam

13 Oct 1868

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    Thanks AS for congratulations on George Darwin's Trinity fellowship.

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    Reminiscence of his geological tour of North Wales with AS and the encouraging messages received during the Beagle voyage.

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

Oct 13 1868

My dear Professor Sedgwick

I have been deeply gratified by your kindness in remembering me & sending your congratulations on my son's election as a Fellow of Trinity. This certainly is a very great honour to him & a source of much pleasure to me. I often think of the Geological tour in N. Wales, when you allowed me to accompany you, & which was so great a pleasure & advantage to me. You, also, during my expedition in the Beagle sent me several encouraging messages, the actual words of some of which I still remember. With these recollections & feelings you will believe how deeply I have been gratified by receiving your letter.

I am very sorry to hear that you suffer from so many serious complaints; but considering how often you were formerly unwell you seem to me a wonderful instance of prolonged vigour of mind & body. As for myself I am always an invalid, & fear that I shall never see Cambridge again, though from the many happy days spent there I shd much like to do so.

With the most sincere respect pray believe me | your obliged friend | Charles Darwin

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    f1 6418.f1
    See letter from Adam Sedgwick, 11 October 1868 and n. 2.
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    f2 6418.f2
    See letter from Adam Sedgwick, 11 October 1868 and n. 5; for more on CD's geological tour with Sedgwick, see Peter Lucas 2002a and Herbert 2005, pp. 38--47.
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    Sedgwick's letters to CD while he was on the Beagle have not been found; however, CD's sister Susan sent CD an extract from a letter from Sedgwick to Samuel Butler: `He is doing admirably in S. America, & has already sent home a collection above all praise.— It was the best thing in the world for him that he went out on a Voyage of Discovery— There was some risk of his turning out an idle man: but his character will now be fixed, & if God spare his life, he will have a great name among the Naturalists of Europe' (Correspondence vol. 1, letter from Susan Darwin, 22 November 1835).
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