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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   3 October [1877]1

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

Oct. 3d

My dear William

I enclose my marriage present. I fear that Sara will think it atrociously unsentimental; but I hope useful.2 Your old father wishes you both with all his soul as much happiness as this world can give.

My dear son | Yours affectionately | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to William’s forthcoming marriage (see n. 2, below).
Sara Sedgwick had accepted William Darwin’s proposal of marriage at the end of September (see letter to Sara Sedgwick, 29 September [1877]). William and Sara were married on 29 November 1877 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). CD’s gift was 300 guineas (£315; CD’s Classed accounts (Down House MS), 3 October 1877).


Encloses his marriage present, which he fears Sara [Darwin née Sedgwick] will think "atrociously unsentimental", but he hopes useful.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 92: A43
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11165,” accessed on 25 September 2023,