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From W. E. Darwin   2 February [1882]1

Royal Southern Yacht Club

Feb 2nd

My dear Father,

I told Prof: Bonney that I was sure the story was apocryphal but I thought it worrth while sending on; for you to send him a card to say it was so.2 I hope your cold is better. G. is just off & is brisk.3 He has a lovely day.

Your affect son | W. E D


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. G. Bonney, 5 February 1882.
Thomas George Bonney had asked William Erasmus Darwin to confirm that an account of CD’s reaction to a supposed discovery of organic structures in meteorites by Otto Hahn was apocryphal (see letter from T. G. Bonney to W. E. Darwin, [before 2 February 1882]). For CD’s reaction to Hahn’s work, see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to Otto Hahn, 20 December 1880.
George Howard Darwin had just sailed from Southampton for Jamaica; he arrived in Jamaica at St Thomas on 15 February 1882 (letter from Emma Darwin to G. H. Darwin, [20 February 1882] (DAR 210.3: 40)).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Suggested T. G. Bonney contact CD to confirm story was apocryphal.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 108)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13654F,” accessed on 7 June 2023,