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From S. B. J. Skertchly   17 March 1878

Brandon | Suff.

Mar. 17. 1878.

My dear Sir—

I beg to thank you most deeply for your present of The Origin of Species, which came yesterday.1 I look upon it as the greatest honour that has fallen to me, and shall use your sympathy and congratulations as a panacea for all the harsh criticisms that may be in store for me.2

Sincerely trusting your health is better—

I am, My dear Sir | Yours very gratefully | Sydney B. J. Skertchly

C. Darwin, Esq. F.R.S.


Skertchly had asked for a copy of Origin in his letter of 4 March 1878.
See letter to S. B. J. Skertchly, 2 March 1878. Skertchly’s forthcoming publication contained a discussion of the age and divisions of the Palaeolithic period (Skertchly 1879, pp. 65–9).


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Skertchly, Sydney Barber Josiah. 1879. On the manufacture of gun-flints, the methods of excavating for flint, the age of palæolithic man, and the connexion between Neolithic art and the gun-flint trade. London: H. M. Stationery office.


Thanks CD for his gift of the Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Sydney Barber Josiah Skertchly
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 177: 178
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11429,” accessed on 30 November 2023,