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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. R. R. Stebbing   18 March [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

March 18th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for the present of your Essays.2 I am glad that you have published them in a book, as I have no doubt from your position & from their intrinsic merits that they will be read & do much good.— I read some time ago several of them, which you kindly sent me & will soon read the remainder.—3 You know how highly I estimated those which I read, & how I honour your boldness in delivering & publishing them. Your Preface is most flattering—no, I will not use that word—most gratifying to me, & I thank you cordially for your kindly feelings towards me.

Pray believe me | yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin

P.S. If you do not possess a copy of my “Descent of Man &c”, & would like to have a copy, it would give great pleasure to send you one immediately.—4


The year is established by the reference to Stebbing’s essays (see n. 2, below).
CD refers to Essays on Darwinism (Stebbing 1871). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down House.
CD had earlier received a copy of Stebbing’s essay, Darwinism (Stebbing 1869; see Correspondence vol. 17, letter to T. R. R. Stebbing, 3 March 1869). CD also received a copy of Darwinism and the Noachian flood (Stebbing 1870). CD’s copies are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Stebbing’s name appears on the verso of CD’s presentation list for Descent (see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV).


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.

Stebbing, Thomas Roscoe Rede. 1869. Darwinism: a lecture delivered before the Torquay Natural History Society, Feb. 1st, 1869. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Oxford: T & G Shrimpton. Torquay: Edward Cockrem.

Stebbing, Thomas Roscoe Rede. 1870. Darwinism. The Noachian flood. A lecture delivered before the Torquay Natural History Society, Jan. 31st, 1870. London: Macmillan and Co.

Stebbing, Thomas Roscoe Rede. 1871. Essays on Darwinism. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.


Thanks TRRS for copy of his book [Essays on Darwinism (1871)].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.388)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7594,” accessed on 18 November 2019,

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