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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Violetta Galton   12 July [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 12th

My dear Aunt

I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in writing to me in your own hand. My sons were no doubt deceived & the picture-seller affixed the name of a celebrated man to the picture for the sake of getting his price.—2

Your note is a wonderful proof how well some few people in this world can write & express themselves at an advanced age.3 It is enough to make one not fear so much the advance of age, as I often do, though you must think me quite a youth!—

With my best thanks, pray believe me with much respect | Your affectionate nephew | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the printed stationery, with the address on the right, a form that CD used from May 1871 until January 1872.
Galton’s letter to CD has not been found, and nothing more is known about the incident she was writing about.
Galton was 88 years old.


Thanks his aunt for a note about a picture bought by CD’s sons.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Frances Anne Violetta (Violetta) Galton
Sent from
Source of text
UCL Library Services, Special Collections (Galton/39)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7860,” accessed on 25 March 2018,

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