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From Charles Bradlaugh   5 June 1877

10, Portland Place, | Circus Road, | London, N.W.

June 5th. 1877


I want to subpœna you in an indictment now pending against myself & Mrs Annie Besant, which will be tried June 18th.1

Would you kindly say when it will be convenient for me to send & serve you.

Yours obediently | C. Bradlaugh

Charles Darwin Esqre. M.A.


Bradlaugh and Besant were prosecuted for obscenity for re-publishing a birth-control pamphlet (Knowlton 1832). For details of the charges brought against Bradlaugh and Besant, and the resulting trial, see Manvell 1976.


Knowlton, Charles. 1832. Fruits of philosophy, or, the private companion of young married people. New York: n.p.

Manvell, Roger. 1976. The trial of Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh. London: Elek Books.


Wants to subpoena CD in a case pending against himself and Annie Besant, to be tried 18 June. [Bradlaugh and Besant were indicted for issuing an "obscene libel".]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Bradlaugh
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Portland Place, 10
Source of text
DAR 160: 275
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10984,” accessed on 17 April 2021,