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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles James Fox Bunbury   3 December [1859]1


Decr 3d

My dear Bunbury

… I have been much engaged … correcting proofs for 2d. edit, but I take shame to myself for not having long ago thanked you for your kind note … not that I hope to correct you. If you at all staggered I shall be quite interested …3


The date is given in the Carnegie Book Shop catalogue.
CD stayed in Ilkley until 7 December 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
CD first told Bunbury about his species views in 1845 (see Bunbury ed. 1891–3, Middle life 1: 77) and discussed them further in 1856 (see Correspondence vol. 6). For Bunbury’s response to Origin, see Correspondence vol. 8, letter from C. J. F. Bunbury, 30 January 1860.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks for note; correcting proofs for 2d ed. [of Origin].

"If your are at all staggered I shall be quite interested."

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles James Fox Bunbury, 8th baronet
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Source of text
Carnegie Book Shop (dealers) (catalogue 359)
Physical description
** 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2569,” accessed on 28 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7