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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Gerard Krefft   6 December 1876

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

Decr. 6— 1876

Dear Sir

I am sorry to hear of all your troubles.1 As I do not live in London & very rarely see any scientific men, & as my health is very weak it is impossible for me to organise a subscription. But I beg leave to enclose a P.O for 5£, which I shd. subscribe, if there be a subscription2

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

order to Gerard Krefft


No letter from Krefft to which this might be a reply has been found. In 1874, Krefft had lost his job as curator and secretary of the Australian Museum, Sydney, and failed to find further employment; see Correspondence vol. 22, letter from Gerard Krefft, 22 October 1874 and nn. 1 and 6.
CD recorded a payment of £5 under the heading ‘Krefft charity’ on 6 December 1876 in his Account books–cash account (Down House MS).


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


Sorry to hear of JLGK’s troubles. Cannot organise a subscription but sends £5.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Sent from
Source of text
Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 5828)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10700,” accessed on 1 December 2021,

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