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DCP-LETT-4941

From Hermann Kindt   24 November 1865

Bampton, Penrith

24. Nov. 1865.

Dear Sir,

I am obliged for your so kindly sending the three letters of Dr.  Darwin, two of which I have already returned to Miss Meteyard.1 I have kept the one relating to the French gentleman, which seemed to me the most interesting of the three.2 A long and interesting letter of Mr. Wedgwood (Josiah) appeared in the II. volume of our publication, and I beg, therefore, to thank you for your kind intention.3 I am glad you like the reproduction of your own handwriting and only regret the two misprints.4 I do not correct the proofs on account of the great distance, etc.5

With best wishes for your health, believe me to remain, | ever your’s faithfully | Hermann Kindt

Charles Darwin, M.A. Esq.

Footnotes

1
Kindt refers to CD’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin, and to Eliza Meteyard. See letter from Hermann Kindt, 13 November 1865 and n. 2, and letter from Eliza Meteyard, 16 November [1865].
2
The letter from Erasmus Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood I, 27 April 1766, was reproduced in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 4 (1866): no. 70. The letter described Darwin’s visit from a French nobleman who offered to sell the ‘secret of making the finest old China as cheep as [Wedgwood’s] pots’ for £12,000.
3
A facsimile reproduction of a letter from Josiah Wedgwood I appeared in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite). 1 (1864), no. 88–89. The letter, dated 31 January 1790, gave Wedgwood’s view of the French Revolution.
4
The biographical sketch of CD appeared on pp. 82–3 of the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 3 (1865).
5
The Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) was published from offices in the Strand, London; in 1865, it was issued weekly.

Summary

Thanks for the three Erasmus Darwin letters. Two have been returned to Eliza Meteyard. HK has kept the one about the French gentleman for publication [Autographic Mirror 4 (1866) no. 70].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4941
From
Kindt, Hermann
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Penrith
Source of text
DAR 169: 18
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4941,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4941

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