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From E. A. Darwin   13 December [1878]1

13 Dec

Dear Charles

I was very glad to hear the interesting bit of good luck that has befallen you. Really Antony Rich deserves well of his country for encouraging science in such a very practical manner2   Pitt—Dizzy & yourself are the only people I recollect to whom fortunes have been left on purely public grounds.3 I wish there had been another 0 for the look of the thing, tho’ I believe Emma thinks you are too rich already. We know better than that. Yours affec. | EAD


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to E. A. Darwin, 12 December 1878.
See letter to E. A. Darwin, 12 December 1878 and n. 1. Anthony Rich had bequeathed his property in the City of London to CD.
William Pitt (the elder) had received a legacy from Francesco Algarotti (ODNB s.v. Algarotti, Francesco). Benjamin Disraeli received a large bequest from Sarah Brydges Willyams (ODNB s.v. Willyams, Sarah Brydges).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Very glad to hear Anthony Rich is leaving CD money "encouraging science in such a very practical manner".

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 105: B104
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11790,” accessed on 8 February 2023,