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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   [after 8 June 1858]1

I send this model as I have made it, but it is not worth much. If you turn up all the triangles perpendicular to what they are fixed to, & the semicircles, in short every thing perpendicular to every thing, it makes quarter of a dodec.

This is as bad as a chinese puzzle & not of any consequence2


Dated by the relationship to the letter from E. A. Darwin, [8 June 1858].
The final sentence was written in pencil on the verso of the letter. The letter was originally sent folded around a series of paper cut-out figures. The figures are in DAR 162: 48/4.


Sends a model of bee cells "as bad as a Chinese puzzle". [A series of paper cut-out figures.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Source of text
DAR 162: 48c
Physical description
AL 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2283A,” accessed on 1 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7