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To Francis Galton   30 April [1879]1

From Mr. C. Darwin, Down, Beckenham.

Many thanks. The extract will come in capitally.2 You are very good to take so much trouble. Mrs Sch. received all safe, & shall soon be returned.3 I much enjoyed my talks with you.—4


Ap. 30th


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Galton, 22 March 1879.
CD was collecting materials for his biographical sketch of Erasmus Darwin (Erasmus Darwin). Galton’s letter has not been found.
CD had asked to borrow Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck’s autobiography (Hankin ed. 1858), in which she had made negative comments about Erasmus Darwin (see letter to Francis Galton, 22 March 1879 and n. 5).
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Francis and Louisa Jane Galton visited Down on 26 April 1879.


Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879.

Hankin, Christiana C. ed. 1858. Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck. 2 vols. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts.


Thanks FG for an extract [about Dr Erasmus Darwin?].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Galton
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UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/28)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12018,” accessed on 26 September 2022,