skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 May 1879]1

New University Club. St. James’s Street, S.W.

Dear Father,

I have looked up the enclosed in the Lond. Lib. No mention of Dr. D. in the index to Month. Mag. for 1802–3–4, but I went thro’ 3 vols for 1802 & only found the enclosed.2

London. Mag. for 1751 not in Library3

Yrs | G H D.


The day and month are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to George Darwin, 3 May [1879]); the year is established by references to the research for Erasmus Darwin, which was published in 1879.
The London Library is a membership library, established in 1841. George was looking for a biographical article about Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802) that was published in the Monthly Magazine, or, British Register, 1 June 1802 (Anon. 1802); a reference does appear in the index to the volume (Monthly Magazine 13 (1802): 716). The enclosure sent has not been identified, but may have been copied from the Monthly Review, which George had looked at instead of the Monthly Magazine (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 5 May 1879); there are brief references to Erasmus Darwin in Monthly Review 37 (1802): 132 and 38 (1802): 156 and 163.
CD may have asked George to find the published version of Erasmus Darwin’s first poem on the death of Frederick Lewis, prince of Wales, written in 1751; it was not published until 1795 (Erasmus Darwin, p. 12).


Anon. 1802. Biographical memoirs of the late Dr. Darwin. Monthly Magazine; or, British Register 13: 457–63.

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


Encloses some references [missing] to information on Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Howard Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
New University Club
Source of text
DAR 210.2: 74
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12026,” accessed on 22 May 2022,