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Darwin Correspondence Project

To George Bentham   9 November [1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 9th

My dear Bentham

I write one line to thank you for your very kind note, & for arranging about my paper & for your Photograph.2 The photograph hardly does you justice, though like.

Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin

P.S. As my movements are never very certain, if I do not appear at the Socy. on Thursday Evening the Secretary must read my paper, but I will certainly attend if I am well.—3


The year is given by the reference to CD’s paper to be read before the Linnean Society of London (see n. 3, below).
Bentham’s letter has not been found. A reproduction of the photograph he may have sent to CD, dated 1861, is included in this volume facing p. 334. He had been elected president of the Linnean Society earlier in the year.
CD went to London on 20 November 1861, returning home on 23 November (Emma Darwin’s diary). He read his paper on the two forms of Primula before the Linnean Society on Thursday, 21 November 1861 (see Collected papers 2: 45–63).


Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.


Thanks GB for arranging for his paper ["Two forms of Primula", Collected papers 2: 45–63] and for his photograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Bentham
Sent from
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 693)
Physical description
1p inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3314,” accessed on 12 December 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9