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Darwin Correspondence Project

To F. J. Hughes   5 May 1880

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

May 5th—1880

My dear Cousin

It is indeed a long time since we met, & I suppose if we now did so we shd. not know one another; but your former image is perfectly clear to me.—1

With respect to your Essay I feel bound to express my conviction that no good Scientific Journal would publish it.2 Science progresses only by the discovery of new facts & direct deductions from them. There have, moreover, been so many attempts to reconcile Genesis & Science, that every editor wd. look askance at any new attempt.—

The death of your brother, my dear & very old friend, has been a grievous loss to every one who knew him; for I do not believe that there ever existed a man with a sweeter disposition.3

Pray believe me | My dear Cousin | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


Still remembers FJH. Thinks no scientific journal would publish her essay on Genesis and science.

Regrets death of her brother [W. D. Fox].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Frances Jane Hughes
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.573)
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12596,” accessed on 16 September 2021,