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From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

5th. Feby. 1876.

My dear Darwin

I wrote to you this morning when the teapot was a proposal merely. It has now come, and any thing more exquisite than it and its appurtenances I have never seen.1 Louisa2 was with me when it arrived and she could not find words to express her sense of your kindness. “What shall we say to him” I asked. “How shall we thank him?” “Say” said she simply “that the gift is worthy of the giver. Nothing higher can be said regarding it”.

Yours to the last | John Tyndall


CD had probably sent a tea set, rather than simply a teapot, from Francis Boone Thomas & Co. (see letter to John Tyndall, 4 February 1876 and n. 2).
Louisa Charlotte Hamilton, Tyndall’s fiancée.


The teapot is exquisite. Louisa says to say "the gift is worthy of the giver. Nothing higher can be said."

Letter details

Letter no.
John Tyndall
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10382,” accessed on 8 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24