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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 204.4
Physical description
3pp enc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 137,” accessed on 16 December 2019,

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