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To A. B. Buckley   7 January [1881]1

Down Beckenham

Jan. 7th.

My dear Miss Buckley

Here is good news— read the enclosed, copied from note just received in Mr. Gladstone’s own hand-writing.—2 I had intended to ask you to inform Mr. Wallace, but all my family thought that as Mr. Gladstone’s note was addressed to me, I ought myself to inform Mr. Wallace. This I have done telling him a little about the Memorial, but not who signed it.—3 It is evident that the D. of Argyll’s private note greatly influenced Mr. Gladstone.—4 I will write to the Duke.—5 How extraordinaryly kind of Mr. Gladstone to find time to write under present circumstances.6

Good Heavens how pleased I am.— In haste | Yours very truly Ch. Darwin

I suppose that Mr. Gladstone’s note ought to be considered to a certain extent private


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. E. Gladstone, 6 January 1881.
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 Gladstone has not been found.
Parliament convened on 6 January 1881 (Journals of the House of Commons. Session 1881).


Good news from Gladstone [concerning pension for Wallace]. Duke of Argyll’s private note greatly influenced Gladstone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Arabella Burton Buckley
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Source of text
DAR 143: 186
Physical description
C 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12988,” accessed on 5 October 2022,