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From Samuel Butler   21 January 1880

15. Clifford’s Inn | E.C.

Jan 21. 1880

Charles Darwin Esqr FR.S &c.

Dear Sir

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 3d inst. which I should have done sooner had I not been in great doubt what course to adopt in regard to it—1

I have now decided on laying the matter before the public and have accordingly written to the Athenæum stating the facts2

I am | yr. faithfully | S. Butler—


Butler’s letter to the Athenæum appeared in the issue for 31 January 1880 (see letter to H. E. Litchfield, 1 February [1880], enclosure 1).


SB has decided to lay the matter [the subject of 12393 and 12396] before the public and has written to the Athenæum stating the facts. [Athenæum 31 Jan 1880.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Samuel Butler
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Clifford’s Inn, 15
Source of text
DAR 92: B67
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12438,” accessed on 12 April 2024,