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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   [11 May 1879]1

From Mr. C. Darwin, Down, Beckenham.

For several reasons I am particularly obliged for copy of Edgworth’s letter & for the other documents.—2 I am sorry that you are so bad3   Keep memorandum of expence of copying.—

C. D.

Sunday   Bassett.


The date is established by the postmark. In 1879, the Sunday before 12 May was 11 May.
See letter from G. H. Darwin, 10 May 1879 and n. 1. George had been copying extracts from the Monthly Magazine, or, British Register about CD’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin. A letter by Richard Lovell Edgeworth dated 13 July 1802 was published in the Monthly Magazine, 1 September 1802, pp. 115–16. In the letter, Edgeworth took issue with some of the negative statements about Erasmus that had been made by an anonymous writer in the June issue (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 5 May 1879 and n. 1).
George had been suffering from a very bad cold, exacerbated by the cold weather (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 10 May 1879).


CD is particularly obliged for the copy of Maria Edgeworth’s letter.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
Sent from
MY 12 79
Source of text
DAR 210.1: 81
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12049,” accessed on 21 April 2024,