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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Theodor Gomperz   1 September [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

September 1.

Dear Sir

I thank you for your interesting & suggestive letter, the reception of which has gratified me much.—2 I have lately been very unwell, & my doctors order me to think as little as possible on any subject.3 Nevertheless I could not help reading your letter once: I will carefully preserve it & hereafter consider it with the attention which it deserves.—4

Pray accept my thanks & my respect & believe me | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Theodor Gomperz, 25 August 1873.
CD had fallen ill with partial loss of memory and ‘sinking fits’ on 26 August 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Will reread and consider TG’s letter when his health improves.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Theodor Gomperz
Sent from
Source of text
Cedric Hausherr (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9039,” accessed on 18 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21