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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. L. Dodgson   10 December 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Dec 10 1872

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind note & offer.1 If you are quite sure that you can spare the unmounted photo., I shd very much like to possess it, although I am doubtful whether I shall ever make any actual use of it.2

I half scruple accepting your very kind offer & I remain | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


Dodgson’s note has not been found.
Dodgson had photographed Flora Rankin with a wide smile (see Taylor and Wakeling 2002, p. 89 and p. 91 plate 63). CD’s copy of this photograph is in DAR 53.1: C98; see plate on p. 562.


Thanks for offer of photograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
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Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Harcourt Amory collection of Lewis Carroll (MS Eng 718.12 (2)))
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8668,” accessed on 23 May 2018,

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