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To Henry Edwards   1 March [1876]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

March 1st

My dear Sir

I did receive the Photograph, which you so kindly sent me & have often admired it. Also your interesting paper.1 It was a mere oversight that I did not specially thank you for them.2 But in truth I am so overwhelmed with letters on many days that I am often forced to be very brief in my answers, & I may appear ungrateful when this is not my frame of mind.

with my apologies & renewed thanks, I remain | My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S. I have lately read your interesting discussion on Prof Weismann’s reviews on Dimorphism in butterflies, & was particularly glad to see that you approve of the essay, which struck me much.—3


See Correspondence vol. 23, letter from Henry Edwards, 26 December 1875. Edwards sent his paper on the pitcher-plant Darlingtonia californica (H. Edwards 1875) accompanied by dried specimens and a coloured photograph of the plant. A copy of the paper is in DAR 86: B26. The photograph has not been found.
In his letter to Henry Edwards, [after 26 December 1875] (Correspondence vol. 23), CD acknowledged Edwards’s offer to supply information and thanked him for a specimen of Darlingtonia.
CD evidently mistook Henry Edwards for William Henry Edwards, who had discussed August Weismann’s essay on the seasonal dimorphism of butterflies (Weismann 1875a) in W. H. Edwards 1875. A copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Edwards, Henry. 1875. Darlingtonia californica. [Read 6 September 1875.] Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 6: 161–6.

Edwards, William Henry. 1875. An abstract of Dr. Aug. Weismann’s paper on ‘The seasonal-dimorphism of butterflies’. To which is appended a statement of some experiments made upon Papilio ajax. Canadian Entomologist 7: 228–40.


Comments on paper by HE [see 10328].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Edwards
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.486)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10411,” accessed on 9 April 2020,

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