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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Samuel Smiles   15 December 1876

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

Dec 15. 1876

Dear Sir,

I am very much obliged for the kind present of your ‘Life of a Scotch Naturalist’ which I have begun to read. I shall be greatly surprised if it does not interest me in a high degree, for I have read with extreme pleasure every one, as I believe, of your other biographies.1

I remain dear Sir, yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin


CD had received Life of a Scotch naturalist: Thomas Edward (Smiles 1876). Smiles had written many biographies, including George Stephenson, and Boulton and Watt (Smiles 1857 and 1865).


Smiles, Samuel. 1857. The life of George Stephenson, railway engineer. London: John Murray.

Smiles, Samuel. 1876. Life of a Scotch naturalist: Thomas Edward, associate of the Linnean Society. London: John Murray.


Thanks SS for present of Life of a Scotch naturalist [1876]. Has read every one of his biographies with "extreme pleasure".

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Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel Smiles
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Fitzwilliam Museum (MS 97–1947)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10720,” accessed on 14 April 2021,

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