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To C. G. Semper   24 July [1878]1

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

July 24th

My dear Sir

I am uncommonly pleased that you will accept the machine, & I heartily thank you for your too kind letter.2 Some persons in England & America have got quite accustomed to its use (I found that I was too old to learn) & regularly employ it for their correspondence.3 If it should aid you in writing out your most valuable researches, it will be a very great satisfaction to me. It shall be sent tomorrow morning to the Makers to be cleaned & packed, & I will tell them to forward it to Mr. Hermann.4 It would be advisable for you to write to him, as they may be surprised at the Bank & refuse to receive a large & heavy case.— I have urged the makers to have it packed & sent off immediately.

Believe me, my dear Sir | Yours very truly | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from C. G. Semper, 22 July 1878.
CD had purchased his typewriter in May 1876 (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter from Francis Darwin, [1 May 1876] and n. 4).
Moritz August Herrmann was Semper’s brother-in-law (see letter from C. G. Semper, 22 July 1878).


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


Pleased CGS will accept machine.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Carl Gottfried Semper
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Source of text
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf (slg 60/Dok/58)
Physical description

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11629,” accessed on 19 June 2021,