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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. L. Stokes   6 November 1846

Haverfordwest | South Wales

Saturday | Nov. 6th. 46

My dear Darwin

Your letter of the 3d. with its enclosure has greatly surprised and annoyed me.

I remember receiving the note of yours you have alluded to and thought I had destroyed it at the time, but how, or by what unfair means it has been most wickedly sent to Governor Grey I am quite at a loss to know1 It gives me great concern to think, that I should in any way be the means of placing you in such a disagreeable position, and rest assured it will ever be a matter of deep regret to your very faithful friend | J Lort Stokes

P.S. | I shall endeavour to find out the mischief maker.


Stokes later concluded that CD’s original letter had been sent to his printers mixed in with proof-sheets. See letters to Robert FitzRoy, 23 November [1846], and to J. L. Stokes, [c. 26 November 1846].


Is upset by what has happened [see 1017], but does not know how CD’s note reached Grey.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lort Stokes
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Auckland Public Library (Grey collection GL D8 (1))
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1019,” accessed on 24 July 2024,

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