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To A. B. Buckley   4 January 1881

Down Beckenham

Jan. 4th. 1881

My dear Miss Buckley

The Memorial to Gladstone was despatched this morning to him, accompanied by a private note from me.—1 The Memorial was drawn up chiefly from the materials forwarded to me by you, and was corrected by Huxley.—2 I enclose list of the signers. The Duke of Argyll, to whom I wrote answered most courteously, and said that he had already written to Mr. Gladstone on the subject.—3 Heaven knows whether the M. will succeed, but I hardly ever wished so much for anything in my life as for its success.— I suppose that I shall receive only an official answer, but if it gives any indication I will inform you.— I wrote to all the signers and received from almost all a letter in return, saying how strongly they approved of the Memorial and wished for its success.—

Your discretion will tell you whether it would at some time please Mr. Wallace to hear who have signed, and how cordially the signers expressed themselves.

I know that I should be proud to be supported by such men.

I am glad it is all over. I can truly say that I have done my best; but as my boys would express it “it has been an awful grind”—I mean so many letters.

Believe me | My dear Miss Buckley | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Spottiswoode Pres R. Soc.

Allman — Lin Soc.

Flower — Zoolog. Soc

L. Aberdeen — Geograph. Soc

Ramsay. — British Assoc

Günther B. Museum


Sclater — Sec. Zoolog Soc.

Bates — Geoph Soc.





CD had sent the memorial for a civil list pension for Alfred Russel Wallace to William Ewart Gladstone (see letter to W. E. Gladstone, [4 January 1881] and n. 2).
Thomas Henry Huxley. Buckley had enclosed a note on Wallace in her letter to CD of 7 November 1880 (Correspondence vol. 28); she also wrote a summary of Wallace’s case for a pension (see ibid., Appendix VI).
CD had asked George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll, to write a separate letter of support to Gladstone (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to G. D. Campbell, [before 27 December 1880] and n. 4); Campbell’s letter to CD has not been found.


Memorial for Wallace pension dispatched to W. E. Gladstone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Arabella Burton Buckley
Sent from
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 46434); DAR 143: 185
Physical description
C 2pp A encl 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12977,” accessed on 20 April 2024,