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To Ernst Krause   17 November 1879

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Nov 17 | 1879

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind letter, & regret that I can only answer your questions imperfectly.1

(1) Stukeley— Born 1687. He wrote on Stonehenge & many antiquarian works.2

(2) Spalding Club, an old & famous Society for Antiquarian & scientific researches; it published many volumes; but I know nothing further about it.3

(3) Scriblerus, I know nothing.4

(4) Okes a physician not celebrated5

(5) Bentley not related to any one famous.6

(6) Boothby a country gentleman & poet—not celebrated.7

(7) Crawford— I know nothing—8

(8) Cavendish, not brother of the celebrated Cavendish, but of the same family—9

(9) A physician & professor at Edinburgh10

(10) Cradock a literary man, now forgotten11

(11) Darwinian Snowdrops—means merely planted by Dr D.

(12) Foot, a surgeon notorious at the time for many bitter attacks on the illustrious John Hunter12

(13) Lunar Club—used to meet monthly in Birmingham; it included a surprising number of distinguished men.13

Mr. Murray always has in the autumn a sale of the new books published by him; & the number then sold generally shews how far a new book will be successful; & I am sorry to say that only 600 copies of the Life of Dr D. were sold—14 It is however possible that the sale may improve

My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


Krause had sent a list of questions about Erasmus Darwin (see letter from Ernst Krause, 14 November 1879).
The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (see letter from Ernst Krause, 14 November 1879, n. 5).
The Lunar Society of Birmingham (see letter from Ernst Krause, 14 November 1879, n. 16).
Erasmus Darwin was published in the second week of November 1879. John Murray had an annual sale dinner for the book trade in November (J. Murray 1908–9, p. 540).


Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century 3: 537–42.

Stukeley, William. 1740. Stonehenge: a temple restor’d to the British druids. London: W. Innys and R. Manby.


Answers EK’s questions. Sorry to report Erasmus Darwin sold only 600 copies at advance sale.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Sent from
Source of text
The Huntington Library (HM 36197)
Physical description
LS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12324,” accessed on 4 March 2024,