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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Asa Gray   16 July [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 16th

My dear Gray.

Two of my sons, George & Francis, start on the 29th instant for New York for a ten-week tour in the States. They will come to Boston & Cambridge towards latter part of visit, & I am sure that you will allow them to call on you.— But I want to beg a great favour of you. Do you chance to know any pleasant persons to whom you could give them letters of Introduction in some few of subjoined places, which they intend to stop at. They have already a good many letters of Introduction, so do not trouble yourself (& I know how busy you are) unless you happen to know well any pleasant & good natured persons.—2

I received some time ago a delightful notice of my Descent of Man, which must have been written by you.—3

Believe me | My dear Gray | Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin

If you can send any letters please enclose them pretty soon to address on enclosed paper.4

My wife sends & I join in very kind remembrances to Mrs. Gray.—5


CD’s sons, George and Francis, are to visit the U. S. Can AG supply any letters of introduction?

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Source of text
Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (101)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7867,” accessed on 12 November 2019,

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