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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. J. Maynard   7 December [1872–3]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Dec. 7th

Mr Darwin begs leave to send a better photograph & one somewhat less ugly, & hopes that Mr Maynard will tear up the one sent. & now returned.2


The year range is established by the printed stationery, with the address in the centre; CD used this type of notepaper from January 1872 until November 1874.
The photograph that CD sent has not been identified, but he sat for Oscar Gustaf Rejlander in April 1871 and probably ordered some of the photographs in August 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19, letter to Elliott & Fry, 23 April [1871]; CD’s Classed account books (Down House MS)). Prior to this, he had been sending out a very poor photograph of himself (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to Hinrich Nitsche, 25 April [1871]). In Descent 2: 28, CD had drawn on Maynard’s observations on the mud-turtle (Chrysemys picta) of the United States. Both the letter and photograph are pasted into a copy of Descent.


CD sends a better photo for CJM.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Johnson Maynard
Sent from
Source of text
Barbara and Robert Pincus (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8664,” accessed on 24 April 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20