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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. W. Ellis   21 January 1882

January 21, 1882.

To the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

My Lord:

We, the undersigned, consider that there should be a public expression of opinion respecting the persecution which the Jews of Russia have recently and for some time past suffered. We therefore ask your lordship to be so good as to call, at your earliest convenience, a public meeting for that purpose at the Mansion House, and that you will be good enough to take the chair on the occasion.1

We are your lordship’s faithful servants—

A. C. Cantuar.

Henry Edward, Cardinal Manning.


J. London.


C. J. Gloucester and Bristol.


J. F. Oxon.

J. Manchester.

Edmond Fitzmaurice.

F. Leveson Gower.


Arthur Otway.

Donald Currie.

Jas. Martineau.

Henry Richard.

Samuel Morley.

W. St. John Broderick.

M. Biddulph.

J. J. Stewart Perowne.

B. Jowett.

F. W. Farrar.

H. D. M. Spence.

W. Page Roberts.

Charles Magniac.

J. G. Hubbard.

W. J. R. Cotton.

John Lubbock.

James Clarke Lawrence.

W. Lawrence.

Erasmus Wilson.

John Tyndall.

Charles Darwin.

Matthew Arnold.

A. McArthur.

F. A. Inderwick.

C. McLaren.2


The Observer printed with the memorial the following response from Ellis: ‘In accordance with the influentially signed memorial, which I append, I have convened a public meeting to be held in the Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House on Wednesday, the 1st February, at three o’clock.’ For more on the Mansion House meeting and the British reaction to the anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia, see Monaco 2013, pp. 146–51.


Monaco, C. S. 2013. The rise of modern Jewish politics: extraordinary movement. New York: Routledge.


Asking the lord mayor of London to call a public meeting concerning the persecution of the Jews in Russia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Whittaker Ellis, 1st baronet
Source of text
Observer, 22 January 1882, p. 5

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13631F,” accessed on 8 February 2023,