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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Leonard Darwin   12 July [1879]1

July 12

My dear old Lenny

I am quite ready to shorten or leave out many parts, but at present I cannot agree that it is not worth while to say something about the family—2 I know that I myself, and some others, always wish to hear this, and Krause wrote to beg for some information as to family before he knew that I intended to say anything on the subject3



The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Leonard Darwin, [before 12 July] 1879.
In his letter of [before 12 July] 1879, Leonard had suggested omitting the text relating to the ancestry of the Darwin family in CD’s preliminary notice to Erasmus Darwin.
The ellipses at the beginning and end of the letter are in the copy.


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


Will shorten or leave out many parts [of Erasmus Darwin] but cannot agree that it is not worth while to say something about the family.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Leonard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 153: 93
Physical description
C 1p inc

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12153,” accessed on 1 March 2024,