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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. H. Bakewell   30 April [1856–68]1

Down Bromley Kent

April 30th

Dear Sir

I beg leave to return you my very sincere thanks for your kindness in taking the trouble to send me the particulars of the very curious case of inherited malconformation, which has interested me much.—2

With my best thanks | I remain Dear Sir | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin


The date range is established by the form of the address, which was used by CD between 1842 and 1846, June to December 1853, and October 1855 to March 1869, and by Bakewell’s age (he was born in 1831). The recipient is established by an annotation, ‘Dr Bakewell’, on the letter.
Bakewell’s letter has not been found, and the case has not been identified.


Thanks for case of inherited malconformation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Hall Bakewell
Sent from
Source of text
Christie’s, London (dealers) (4 June 2008)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13770F,” accessed on 4 June 2023,