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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Francis Galton   8 May [1881]1

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

May 8th

My dear Galton

Did I not give you a letter from a Mr Bishop, in the U. States, about hair turning grey for 3 generations at the same early age?—2 If I did, & you could find it (which perhaps you cannot) will you send it to me: I have received another letter from him, & if I can recover the first one will draw up when I have leisure a note for Nature, with this & another case of inherited mutilation.—3

Ever yours | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from I. P. Bishop, 24 April 1881.
The letter from Irving Prescott Bishop about hair turning grey has not been found.
The most recent letter CD had received from Bishop was that of 24 April 1881. CD discussed both cases of inheritance in his letter to Nature, 13 July [1881].


Asks for return of letter from J. P. Bishop about hair turning grey at an early age in three generations.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Galton
Sent from
Source of text
UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/32)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13150,” accessed on 1 October 2022,