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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [3 November 1858]1


My dear W.

You must sign enclosed draft on the back cross-ways; & then when you pay any tradesman ask him, if he will give you change.— If I understood you right, Mr Gunson said he would back it with his name & that would make it very simple.—2

Yours affect | C. D.

Please acknoledge Receipt of this.


Dated by an entry in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) recording a payment of £15 to William on 3 November 1858.
William Mandell Gunson was William’s tutor at Christ’s College, Cambridge. ‘His tutorship was memorable in the history of the College; the position of Christ’s men in the Tripos lists began under him to be very different from what it had been for many generations.’ (Alum. Cantab.).


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.


Sends WED a bank draft.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 31
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2393,” accessed on 9 June 2023,

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