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Darwin Correspondence Project

From G. H. Darwin   [30 November 1879]1

6 Qu: Ann St


My dear Father

Uncle Ras2 suggests that you ought to give a copy of Eras. D. to Hy. Parker.3 If you do so he thinks it will be best to send the copy here & write a letter to H. P. at the Oxf. & Camb. Club Pall Mall to tell him that the book is here.4

I shall see you on Wedn. as I sha’nt go back to Camb. till evening5 | G H Darwin


The date is established by the reference to Erasmus Darwin and by the date of CD’s visit to London (see n. 5, below). In 1879, the Sunday preceding 3 December was 30 November.
Erasmus Darwin was published in early November 1879. Henry Parker was CD’s nephew.
The Oxford and Cambridge University Club, 71–6 Pall Mall, London (Post Office London directory 1879). No letter from CD to Parker has been found.
CD and Emma Darwin went to stay at Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house in London on Wednesday, 3 December 1879 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


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


Erasmus thinks CD should give a copy of Erasmus Darwin to Henry Parker.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Howard Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
DAR 210.2: 81
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12240,” accessed on 22 May 2022,