Has received JBI's two letters; agrees with him, but does not know what to do about [the alleged misconduct of] John Robinson. Reports in a long postscript on vain efforts to confirm rumours. Suggests JBI come to Down to see how affairs stand.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Dec 16 1868
My dear Innes
I have rec
With respect to Mr Robinson I feel in an awkward predicament for it seems to me rather dishonorable to take any further steps without plainly telling him what I have done & am doing. On the other hand I do not feel sure, owing to my ignorance of law, whether I may not be exposing myself to an action for defamation of character
I will however call on Mr Allen today & report to you what he says. My impression is that your circular ought to be given to the Church wardens direct from you.
But my chief object in writing now is to suggest that you
should come here at once & see how affairs really stand
(if it is in your power); & in that case we sh
I thank you cordially for your very kind expressions towards me—
Believe me yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
P.S I am just returned from Mr Allen's to whom I shewed
Under these circumstances I think it best to return you the circular & then you can decide whether to send it direct to the Church wardens for public inspection.—
I am most sincerely sorry for all this vexation & trouble.—
- f1 6505.f1See letters from J. B. Innes, 12 December 1868 and 14 December 1868 and n. 1. Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood's aunts, Emma and Frances Allen, lived near Tenby at Cresselly, South Wales (Darwin pedigree, Freeman 1978).
- f2 6505.f2There had been complaints about the conduct of John Warburton Robinson, the curate of Down (see letter to J. B. Innes, 10 December  and n. 4).
- f3 6505.f3CD refers to Frederick Allen. See letter from J. B. Innes, 12 December 1868 and n. 3.
- f4 6505.f4Sarah Ann Tiffin.
- f5 6505.f5Mrs Engleheart and Mrs Buckle have not been further identified.