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To Francis Galton   11 February [1877]1


Feb. 11th

My dear G.

The enclosed is worth your looking at. It was sent me from N. Zealand, as the writer thought we shd. not in England see Ticknor’s life.!—2 I shd. think T. was to be trusted, & if so case very curious. It makes me believe statement about inherited hand-writing.—3 I shall never work on inheritance again, so extract need not be returned.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin

I do hope Mrs Galton4 is pretty well again.—


The year is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter to Julius von Haast, [c. 11 February 1877], and the letter from Francis Galton, 22 February 1877.
CD had received an extract from Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor (Ticknor 1876, 1: 196–7) from Julius von Haast (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter from Julius von Haast, 16 December 1876 and n. 1, and this volume, letter to Julius von Haast, [c. 11 February 1877]).
CD remarked on the inheritance of handwriting in Variation 2: 6 and Descent 1: 58.
Louisa Jane Galton.


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

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Ticknor, George. 1876. Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor. Edited by George Stillman Hillard. 2 vols. Boston: Osgood. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Sends enclosure regarding inherited handwriting from Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor [ed. G. S. Hillard (1876)].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Galton
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UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/24)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10839,” accessed on 28 January 2021,