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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Scott   8 January [1864]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 8th

Dear Sir

I am obliged for your two notes2 & am glad to hear that your paper went off successfully without bitter opposition.—3 I am hardly ever able to go out anywhere.— Pray excuse brevity, as I am far from well today & overwhelmed with things which must be done.4

Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The recipient and the year are established by the relationship of this letter to the letters from John Scott, 7 January [1864] and [13 January 1864].
With his letter of 7 January [1864], Scott included a note about a point discussed in the manuscript of Scott 1864a (see letter from John Scott, 7 January [1864] and enclosure 1).
Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) for 8 January 1864 recorded ‘4. am–’ and ‘8– am.’, the times at which CD was ill.


Glad correspondent’s paper went well.

Poor health and much work forces CD to be brief.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Scott
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13882,” accessed on 23 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12