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From W. P. Garrison   4 October 1879

The Nation,1 5 Beekman Street (P.O. Box 25), | New York,

Oct. 4. 1879

Dear Sir:

By this mail I send you a little book compiled (originally for the benefit of my children) from your “Journal of a Voyage”, and which I hope you will regard less as an unauthorized appropriation of your labors, than as an humble tribute to your surpassing services to mankind.2 Though the publishers have been very liberal in carrying out my wishes in regard to the manufacture of the book, it still falls short of my ideal in the illustrations. I was particularly disappointed in not being able to give the portraits of your former colleagues, Captains King and Fitzroy, but I sought in vain to obtain them and others on both sides of the Atlantic.3

Craving, as I do, your indulgence for the liberty thus taken with your writings, I feel a delicacy in expressing the full extent of my admiration for your genius, and for your extraordinary success in redeeming the human mind from error. It may gratify you more to learn that during the last illness of my father, the late William Lloyd Garrison, I had the pleasure of calling his attention to your remarks on the subject of slavery, which I have carefully preserved in my abridgment, and which shed, for him, a new and welcome light on your character as a philanthropist. In combating the enemies of freedom in this country, he emancipated himself from that theology the destruction of which is perhaps your highest title to the honors of your own time and the blessings of posterity.4

Believe me, with sentiments of profound esteem and gratitude, | Yours faithfully, | Wendell P. Garrison

Dr. Charles Darwin.


Sends CD his version for children of Journal of researches [What Mr Darwin saw].

During the last illness of his father, William Lloyd Garrison, WPG showed him CD’s passages on slavery.

"In combating the enemies of freedom in this country he [W. L. Garrison] emancipated himself from the theology the destruction of which is perhaps your highest title to the honor of your own time and the blessings of posterity."

Letter details

Letter no.
Wendell Phillips Garrison
Charles Robert Darwin
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Nation , New York
Source of text
DAR 165: 8
Physical description

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12248,” accessed on 13 December 2019,