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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Charles   12 June [1880]1

City of London School | Milk St. | E.C.

June 12.

Dear Sir,

I write to thank you for the exceedingly kind letter you have written me about the extracts from your book.2

I am sorry that I have been the cause of giving you so much trouble, but I am very much obliged to you for writing to Mr. Murray.3

I am endeavouring to make these Readers more interesting than such books often are, and, as far as is possible in a great number of selections, to give the children a taste of books only that are really valuable—

With many thanks | Believe me | Yours faithfully | R. F. Charles

Chas: Darwin Esq.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from R. F. Charles, 9 June 1880.
The letter from CD to Charles has not been found. However, see the letter from R. F. Charles, 9 June 1880, in which Charles had asked CD for permission to publish extracts from Journal of researches (1860) in his textbooks (Charles ed. 1880–3).


Charles, Robert Fletcher, ed. [1880–3.] Relfe Brothers’ model reading-books: narrative and descriptive, in prose and verse, for use in schools. With notes and introduction by R.F. Charles. 4 vols. London: Relfe Brothers.

Journal of researches (1860): Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle around the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860.


Thanks CD for writing to Murray concerning Journal of researches extracts for his reading-book.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Fletcher Charles
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
City of London School
Source of text
DAR 161: 134
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12632,” accessed on 8 June 2023,