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To A. W. Bennett   17 July [1875]1

Down. | Beckenham Kent. &c.

July 17th.

My dear Sir.

I must thank you very sincerely, whether or not the proceeding is a proper one on my part, for your magnificent Review in Nature—2 I shall be amply rewarded if my book deserves less than half of what your kind sympathy has led you to say.—

I did not answer your card, for I receive so many letters I hardly can answer them; one of my sons also detected the stupid blunder, which is corrected in the later copies.3

I heard today that 2250 Copies have been sold; I advised Mr Murray very badly for I told him if 1250 were printed these would last for all eternity—4

Yours sincerely & obliged. | Ch Darwin.


The year is established by the reference to Bennett’s review of Insectivorous plants (see n. 2, below).
The first part of Bennett’s review of Insectivorous plants appeared in Nature, 15 July 1875, pp. 206–9. The second part was published in Nature, 22 July 1875, pp. 228–31.
Bennett’s card has not been found. George Howard Darwin had sent a list of corrections for the second printing of Insectivorous plants to the printers (see letter from G. H. Darwin to William Clowes & Sons, 11 July 1875).
For the reservations CD expressed about the success of Insectivorous plants to his publisher, John Murray, see the letter to R. F. Cooke, 4 July [1875] and n. 2.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Thanks AWB for review in Nature [probably review of Insectivorous plants, 12 (1875): 206–9, 228–31].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred William Bennett
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DAR 143: 86
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10074,” accessed on 6 October 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23