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Letter 7213f

Darwin, C. R. to Sedgwick, Adam

1 June [1870]

Summary

Thanks AS for his kindness towards himself and his family. Looks back with great satisfaction to his last visit (“as it will probably prove”) to Cambridge.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

June 1

My dear Professor Sedgwick

I must write a line to thank you very much for the present of your lastwriting.f2

What I said in my last note was exactly true: I felt your mannertowards myself & family extraordinarily kind, & I have not often in mylife been more gratified.—f3 Walking round the museum, afterconversing with you, tired me a good deal, for I am knocked up withincredible ease; but I was quite right again next morning.f4 Ishall always look back with great satisfaction to my last visit (as itwill probably prove) to Cambridge.— I hope that you will feelstrong, so as to enjoy to a certain extent your visit to your oldhome.—f5

With the most sincere respect, believe me | Yours truly obliged | CharlesDarwin

Stephen Jay Gould (private collection)

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter andthe letter from Adam Sedgwick, 30 May 1870.
f2
See letter from Adam Sedgwick, 30 May 1870 and n. 3.
f3
CD’s letter to Sedgwick has not been found; however, see the letterto J. D. Hooker, 25 May [1870].
f4
CD refers to the Woodwardian Museum (see letter to Alfred Newton,[22 May 1870] and n. 3).
f5
Sedgwick was planning to visit Dent, in Yorkshire (see letter fromAdam Sedgwick, 30 May 1870). Dent is now in Cumbria.
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