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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alexander Stuart Strahan   29 November 18701

Dear Sir,

I have been informed that an application is to be made to G. for a pension for Mr G. C.2 Althoug I am not personally acquainted with this gentleman, I have correspondence with him on scientific subjects during several years.   On some very intricate points, he has been so kind as not only to collect at the cost of much trouble information from various source, but has likewise made valuable observations for me.—3 Therefore he has my sincere good wishes for his success.

I have confined myself to the above points relating to Science, and consider Literature beyond my Province.—

I beg leave to remain | Dear sir | Tr. yrs | C.D.

Footnotes

The transcription is of a draft of the letter in CD’s hand. The original letter, signed by CD but in the hand of an amanuensis, is known from a catalogue from Sotheby’s New York for a sale on 6 April 1982. The date of the letter is from the sale catalogue, and presumably is a clear date from the letter itself. The catalogue quotes the original letter as follows: ‘I have corresponded with him on scientific subjects during several years. On some very intricate points he has been so kind as not only to collect, at the cost of much trouble, information from various sources, but has likewise made for me valuable observations.’ Since the draft is more extensive than the catalogue description, the draft has been transcribed here.
See letter from A. J. Cupples, [28 November 1870]. CD refers to the Government (‘G’) and to George Cupples (‘Mr G. C.’).
See Correspondence vols. 16–18.

Summary

A recommendation for George Cupples who has applied for a government pension: "I have corresponded with him on scientific subjects during several years. On some very intricate points he has been so kind as not only to collect, at the cost of much trouble, information from various sources, but has likewise made for me valuable observations".

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7385
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Strahan, A. S.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 161: 280v
Physical description
3pp & AdraftS 1p (on 7053)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7385,” accessed on 7 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7385

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