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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Reginald Darwin   11 July 1879

Fern, | Buxton.

July 11 | 1879—

My dear Cousin

The Books, &c which it has been my privilege to lend to you, have reached me safely this day; I have also to acknowledge your kind letter—1 It is a matter of very sincere gratification to me to think that I have been able in the smallest degree to help you in your work, & let me thank you beforehand for the copy of the book which you generously promise to give me—2 I need not say that I look forward with pleasure to the possession— Your son George has again added to my former obligation to him, by sending me a fourth consignment of old family Records of the deepest interest, indeed from the papers which he has sent me, & from those also which I have received from you my knowledge of the Darwins of former times is vastly increased.3

With best regards to you & to your family believe me my dear Cousin | ever sincerely yours | Reginald Darwin


Reginald had lent Erasmus Darwin’s Commonplace book (Down House MS) and other items for CD’s research for Erasmus Darwin. See letter to Reginald Darwin, 8 July 1879.
George Howard Darwin had been researching Darwin family history (see letters from G. H. Darwin, 24 June 1879 and 10 July 1879). CD had sent Reginald letters from Reginald’s father, Francis Sacheverel Darwin, to CD’s father, Robert Waring Darwin (letter to Reginald Darwin, 16 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.


Is gratified if he has helped [with Erasmus Darwin].

Thanks for another consignment of family records.

Letter details

Letter no.
Reginald Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 99: 158–9
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12146,” accessed on 1 June 2023,