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From W. E. Gladstone   6 January 1881

10. Downing Street. | Whitehall.

Jan 6. 81.

Dear Mr Darwin

I had in some degree considered the subject of your note and the memorial before it arrived and I lose no time in apprising you that although the Fund is moderate, and is as present poor, I shall recommend Mr Wallace for a pension of £200 a year.1

I remain | Faithfully yours | W E Gladstone


CD had sent Gladstone a memorial for a civil list pension for Alfred Russel Wallace (see letter to W. E. Gladstone, [4 January 1881] and n. 1). Gladstone had received a separate letter of support from George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to G. D. Campbell, [before 27 December 1880] and n. 4). As prime minister and first lord of the Treasury, Gladstone could recommend persons to the Crown for civil list pensions (see MacLeod 1970).


MacLeod, Roy M. 1970. Science and the civil list, 1824–1914. Technology + Society 6: 47–55.


He will recommend a pension of £200 a year for Wallace.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Ewart Gladstone
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Downing St, 10
Source of text
DAR 165: 52
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12981,” accessed on 4 March 2024,