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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Reginald Darwin   12 November 1879

Fern | Buxton

Nov 12 | 1879—

My dear Cousin

I have received your Book from Murray, & beg of you to accept my warmest thanks for your consideration—1 I need hardly say that I have read it with the deepest interest, & from it, have learned much Family history previously unknown to me— Your refutation of Miss Seward’s reckless & unjust assertions, is admirable & conclusive, & every descendant of Erasmus Darwin ought, & no doubt will, hold you in higher esteem, if possible, than ever—2

With best regards to you & to your family,

I am ever | affectly Yours | Reginald Darwin


Reginald Darwin’s name appears on the presentation list for Erasmus Darwin (see Appendix IV); Erasmus Darwin was published by John Murray.
CD was highly critical of Anna Seward’s biography of Erasmus Darwin (Seward 1804). See letter to Ernst Krause, 14 March 1879 and n. 4, letter to Francis Galton, 22 March 1879 and n. 2, and Erasmus Darwin, pp. 70–9.


Seward, Anna. 1804. Memoirs of the life of Dr. Darwin. London: J. Johnson.


Thanks for copy of Erasmus Darwin. The refutation of Miss Seward is admirable and conclusive.

Letter details

Letter no.
Reginald Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 99: 162–3
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12310,” accessed on 23 May 2022,