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Letter 7385

Darwin, C. R. to Strahan, A. S.

29 Nov 1870

Summary

A recommendation for George Cupples who has applied for a government pension: “I have corresponded with him on scientific subjects during several years. On some very intricate points he has been so kind as not only to collect, at the cost of much trouble, information from various sources, but has likewise made for me valuable observations”.

Transcription

Dear Sir,

I have been informed that an application is to be made to G. for apension for Mr G. C.f2 Althoug I am not personally acquainted withthis gentleman, I have correspondence with him on scientificsubjects during several years.   On some very intricate points, hehas been so kind as not only to collect at the cost of much troubleinformation from various source, but has likewise made valuableobservations for me.—f3 Therefore he has my sincere good wishes forhis success.

I have confined myself to the above points relating to Science, andconsider Literature beyond my Province.—

I beg leave to remain | Dear sir | Tr. yrs | C.D.

DAR 161: 280v

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Footnotes

f1
The transcription is of a draft of the letter in CD’shand. The original letter, signed by CD but in the hand of anamanuensis, is known from a catalogue from Sotheby’s New York for asale on 6 April 1982. The date of the letter is from the salecatalogue, and presumably is a clear date from the letter itself. The catalogue quotes the original letter as follows: ‘Ihave corresponded with him on scientific subjects during severalyears. On some very intricate points he has been so kind as not onlyto collect, at the cost of much trouble, information from varioussources, but has likewise made for me valuable observations.’ Sincethe draft is more extensive than the catalogue description, the drafthas been transcribed here.
f2
See letter from A. J. Cupples, [28 November 1870]. CD refers to theGovernment (‘G’) and to George Cupples (‘Mr G. C.’).
f3
See Correspondence vols. 16–18.
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