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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   12 July 1879


12th July 79

My dear G.

I have written to thank Col. Chester & told him that nothing had better be done about the deeds at present.—1 I shd. think that it would be quite useless hereafter to set him to work, but you of course can decide. Oh how your mother sneers at us!—2

C. D.

Here is a bad job; Henrietta thinks my notice of Dr. D very dull,—almost too dull to publish, & I believe that she is right.— I shall be anxious to hear what Eras. thinks. I suppose I must cut it down largely.3 No one will ever catch me again trying to go beyond my tether.

P.S | Reginald Darwin is excessively pleased & thanks you much for the old Darwin information.4


Emma Darwin was probably amused by George’s discovery of an illustrious ancestor (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 24 June 1879).
Henrietta Emma Litchfield had read the proof-sheets of CD’s introductory essay for Erasmus Darwin. Erasmus Alvey Darwin apparently liked it (see letter to Francis Darwin, 12 July [1879] and n. 9).
This postscript was added after publication of the letter in Correspondence vol. 27. Its content was recorded before the collection at CUL was fully catalogued and its current location is unknown. George had sent Reginald Darwin several consignments of old family records (see Correspondence vol. 27, letter from Reginald Darwin, 11 July 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.


CD thinks nothing had better be done about the deeds at present.

Henrietta thinks Erasmus Darwin almost too dull to publish.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 87; unknown
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12149,” accessed on 18 May 2024,