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To Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell   8 November [1869]1

Down Beckenham Kent [6 Queen Anne Street, London]

Nov. 8th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for your kindness in sending me your “Studies in General Science”, over which, as I observe in the Preface, you have spent so much time.—2 In turning over the pages I notice that you quote some statements made by me & very little known to public.3 I received your work only yesterday

With my best thanks | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the publication date of Blackwell 1869; see n. 2, below.
An inscribed copy of Blackwell 1869 is in the Darwin Library–Down. Blackwell wrote in the preface, pp. v–vii, that the book was ‘the product of more than twenty years of an exceedingly busy life’ of educational pursuits, work as a church pastor, lecturing, and bringing up children.
In Blackwell 1869, Blackwell included quotations from Orchids, ‘Climbing plants’, and Variation; she also discussed points in Origin.


Thanks for Studies in general science [by A. B. Blackwell (1869)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6 Down letterhead
Source of text
Blackwell Family Papers (A–77). Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6976,” accessed on 18 April 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17