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 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7620