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From Thomas Woolner   20 February 1871

The Athenæum

Feb: 20th 71

My dear Mr. Darwin

Pray accept my thanks for your kindness in sending me the great book, which I need not say I shall read with the most extraordinary interest; and I hope some day at Down to have the pleasure of talking with you u〈pon〉 these high matters.1

I see that the Woolnerian 〈tip〉 occupies an honourable posi〈tion〉2

Very truly you〈rs〉 | T. Wo〈olner〉


Woolner’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Descent (Appendix IV).
In Descent 1: 22, CD cited Woolner for his observation of a blunt point projecting from the inwardly folded margin of the upper ear in some humans. See Correspondence vol. 18, letter to Thomas Woolner, 10 March [1870].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks CD for sending his book [Descent].

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Woolner
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Athenaeum Club
Source of text
DAR 181: 161
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7497,” accessed on 21 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19