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From Leonard Horner  7 April [1838]1

My Dear Darwin

I learned yesterday that the Factory Amendment Act is to be brought into the House of Commons by the Govt on Monday, and it is material that I should be in the house. This obliges me to postpone the pleasure of your company, but I hope Wednesday will suit you equally well for the same kind of visit.

Yours faithfully | Leonard Horner2

2. Bedford Place7 April


Ralph Colp has established the date of this note by relating it to a petition ‘for alteration of the Factory Act’ discussed on Monday, 9 April 1838, in the House of Commons (Hansard Parliamentary Debates, 3d ser. 42 (1838): 479; Colp 1980, p. 13 n. 27). Horner was one of the chief inspectors under the Act (DNB).
CD used the remaining three pages of this letter for one of his ‘Notes on marriage’ (see Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix IV).


Postpones meeting with CD because he must attend House of Commons for Factory Amendment Act.

Letter details

Letter no.
Leonard Horner
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Bedford Place, 2
Source of text
DAR 210.10:
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 408,” accessed on 22 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2