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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Karl von Scherzer   26 April 1878

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

April 26. 1878.

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for your extremely kind letter & am glad to hear of the important post, as I suppose, to which you have been appointed.—1

I would gladly have asked you to come down here, though it is not likely that you could have spared the time, but we all leave home tomorrow morning for a visit of between 2 & 3 weeks to my married & eldest son.2

With all good wishes for your happiness and prosperity I remain | my dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


This letter has not been found. Scherzer had been appointed the Austrian consul general in Leipzig; his post as deputy consul general in London had ended on 19 April 1878 (Agstner 2012, p. 162).
CD and Emma Darwin visited Sara and William Erasmus Darwin in Southampton from 27 April to 13 May 1878 (‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Agstner, Rudolf. 2012. Die k. (u.) k. Konsulate in Arabien, Lateinamerika, Lettland, London und Serbien. Vol. 2 of Von Kaisern, Konsuln und Kaufleuten. Vienna and Berlin: LIT Verlag.


Congratulates correspondent on appointment to important post.

Leaving tomorrow for visit [with William Darwin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Karl von Scherzer
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Source of text
John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, MS.84.2)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11485,” accessed on 5 March 2021,