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To J. L. Stokes   3 November 1846

Down Farnborough Kent

Nov 3d. 1846

My dear Stokes

I have just received to my great surprise the letters of which the enclosed are verbatim copies.1 That with my signature was in my hand-writing. I remember enclosing it to you with one of your proof-sheets in answer to some query, whether Capt. Grey could be offended at your manner of referring to some Bay or River.—2 I beg you to inform me immediately how it could possibly have been sent to Sir G. Grey. It places me in the position of wishing to make myself presumptuously impertinent to him,—a position the very opposite to my feelings regarding him.— I shall of course inform Sir G. Grey that I have written to you, & I should think it would be most agreeable to yourself to allow me to enclose your entire answer, or at least a paragraph from it; & I shall enclose a copy of this note. He will then see, the whole part which I have been made by some unknown means to play in this disagreeable affair.—

I hope Mrs. Stokes continues to be in a pretty good state of health | Believe me, my dear Stokes | Yours very truly | C. Darwin

Perhaps you will return me this note & I will enclose it.—


The enclosures were copies of the letter from George Grey, 10 May 1846, and the letter to J. L. Stokes, [November–December 1845].
Collier Bay and Glen Elg River (see letter to J. L. Stokes, [November–December 1845], n. 2).


CD’s note to Stokes [see 940] has been forwarded to George Grey; CD fears he may be offended. Asks how it could have happened.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lort Stokes
Sent from
Source of text
Auckland Public Library (Grey collection GL D8 (1))
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1017,” accessed on 27 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3