To Annie Dowie 24 March 1871
Down, Beckenham, Kent.
March 24th, 1871.
I beg leave to thank you very sincerely for your extremely kind communication through Sir J. Lubbock.1 It has been highly gratifying to me to hear that so distinguished a man as Dr. Chambers felt an interest about my book during the last hours of his valuable life.2 I have always felt a most sincere respect for your father, and his society, the few times I enjoyed it, was most pleasant to me. Several years ago I perceived that I had not done full justice to a scientific work which I believed and still believe he was intimately connected with, and few things have struck me with more admiration than the perfect temper and liberality with which he treated my conduct.3
I have the honour to remain, Madam, | Your obliged and obedient servant, | Charles Darwin.
Robert Chambers, AD’s father, spoke of CD’s book [Descent?] during his last hours of life.
CD’s respect for Chambers, to whose scientific work he had not done justice.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7620,” accessed on 7 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7620