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To ?   [1876]1


H. A. has been a footman for a year, & leaves entirely of his own wish for the sake of a better place. He is a good waiter is clean & tidy & has invariably been very obliging to me &, as I hear to my other servants.

I have never had the least reason to suppose that he is not perfectly honest & trustworthy. The only fault which I have ever had to find has been that he was twice slightly tipsy, but on one occasion there was some excuse in his having attended a cricket match; & on the other occasion he had met some friends & As far I as I could judge he was thoroughly & truly ashamed of himself, & promised me that it shd never occur again; which promise he himself has kept.

I beg leave to remain | Sir | Your obed. | C. D.


The year is established from the fact that Henry Allingham worked for CD between 1875 and 1876 (CD’s Classed account books (Down House MS)). The correspondent has not been identified.


Letter of reference giving his opinion of the character of a man who has been his footman for a year.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 202: 92
Physical description
ADraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10745,” accessed on 16 August 2022,