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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Douglas Fox   12 November 1879

1, Chesham Place, | Brighton.


Dear Mr. Darwin

It is very kind of you to send me the life of Dr. Darwin—1 I admire it greatly, it is very interesting & full of valuable information— He was a striking character & shone especially in an age when such men were scarce—

I had used in my early life to hear much of him from my Father Dr Fox who was a co-temporary with him & very intimate with him—2 I shall always value highly the memoir you have given me—

Your’s very much obliged, & faithfully | Douglas Fox

C. Darwin Esqre


Fox’s name does not appear on the presentation list for Erasmus Darwin.
Fox had recounted some anecdotes about Erasmus Darwin that he had been told by his father, Francis Fox (see letter from Douglas Fox to W. de W. Abney, 7 June 1879).


Thanks for book [Erasmus Darwin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Douglas Fox
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 99: 179–80
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12311,” accessed on 25 September 2023,