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To W. E. Gladstone   7 January 1881

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

Jan 7th. 1881

My dear Sir

Your note just received has given me an extraordinary amount of pleasure, for I was much grieved that Mr. Wallace should be so hard worked in his declining years & with failing health.1 Your giving me this good news in your own hand-writing has been one of the kindest actions which I have experienced in my life.

I remain with great respect | My dear Sir | Yours gratefully | Charles Darwin


See letter from W. E. Gladstone, 6 January 1881. Gladstone had recommended Alfred Russel Wallace for a civil list pension.


CD expresses his great pleasure at WEG’s letter informing him that Wallace has been granted a pension.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Ewart Gladstone
Sent from
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 44468: 11)
Physical description
ALS 1p & ADraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12987,” accessed on 19 April 2024,