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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Sarah Owen   [27–30 September 1831]

My dear Charles,

You see I am as good as my word, or rather Mr Baker is, for I enclose the promised Pin,1 the hair is genuine, & I am much flattered in the idea that it is destined to accompany you round the world—

We all felt very melancholy after your departure on Sunday, I do not know what Woodhouse will do without you for so long, but I hope & trust we may both meet with success in our respective new careers, & live to meet here again very very often; remember your promise about No.1, Belgrave St.2 & pray think of me in the mean time, & write whenever you have an idle half hour. I assure you my parting promise to you shall be most religiously kept, & you may expect a true & correct account from the Pen of the Sufferer herself—

I am so glad you have a short reprieve for the sake of your Family, though perhaps you are not so well pleased with the delay—

God bless you, my dear Charles, believe that whenever I may change my title, I shall always remain your very sincere & affectionate Friend | Sarah—


The pin, inserted in the letter, is preserved at the Cambridge University Library (DAR 204.4).
Sarah’s address after her marriage.


She encloses a pin with "genuine hair" and is flattered that it will go around the world with CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Sarah Harriet Mostyn Owen/Sarah Harriet Williams/Sarah Harriet Haliburton
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 204: 61
Physical description
3pp enc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 137,” accessed on 16 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1