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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Edward Cresy   [20 July 1848]1



My dear Sir,

You have thanked me far too much for the trifling aid which I have given & which I assure you has given me pleasure. I will not fail to speak to Owen,2 Sir H. Delebeche & Hutton, whenever I see them. I have no doubt that you have judged wisely in not getting me to write to the others.

I believe I mentioned to you that I hoped to have had a party of Naturalists here & that I would ask you to meet them: but my health has been so very indifferent & from my wife soon expecting her confinement, I have not asked anyone here.

I shall be at all times very glad to see you & hope you all success in your present scheme.

Yours sincerely, | In Haste, | C. Darwin.

I leave home on Saturday for a week to the sea-side.3


Dated by CD’s reference to leaving home for a week at the seaside, see n. 3, below.
Richard Owen, a member of the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers and a close friend of both William Buckland and Edwin Chadwick.
CD left for Swanage on 22 July 1848 (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I). According to Emma Darwin’s diary, William Erasmus Darwin accompanied CD.


Will speak to Richard Owen, Henry De la Beche, and Robert Hutton concerning appointment for EC.

Leaving for sea-side on Saturday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Jr Cresy
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Source of text
DAR 143: 308
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1192,” accessed on 23 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4