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From G. H. Darwin to Richard Strachey   [29 August 1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.


Dear General Strachey,

My father has asked me to write to you to thank you for your letter & to say that the information is very valuable to him.

He would have written himself but he has unfortunately been very ill for 4 days & is still in bed & I fear will remain so for some time.2

I am getting on very well with the globe & map3

It will be best I think to have the 32 sheets on separate pieces of paper & to fasten them on to a soft deal scaffolding of this form


which will hang against a wall & show 1[7]th of the world. The maps to be fastened on by pins.

The globe will all pack up into this form


& tho’ small when packed looks gigantic when put together— It is on the scale of 320 miles to the inch. If I get it done before you go to Bradford should I send it to you at Clapham or shall it meet you at Bradford?4

Yours very sincerely | G H Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Richard Strachey, 25 August 1873. The Friday following 25 August 1873 was 29 August.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD was very unwell on 26 and 28 August 1873, but much better in the next couple of days. He was out of bed on 31 August.
The meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science was held in Bradford in September 1873. Strachey’s home was in Clapham.


Writes for CD to thank RS for his very valuable information.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Howard Darwin
Richard Strachey
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Source of text
British Library (IOL Mss Eur F 127)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9031,” accessed on 22 September 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21