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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. V. Reed   26 September [1859]1


Sept. 26th

My dear Sir

I enclose a draft for £10s 100 due tomorrow (ie 27th) as I believe.—2 I return you my very sincere thanks for all your great kindness & assistance to my Boys. I cannot say how I regret for our own sake your projected African Expedition. I yet hope it may be deferred, at least till the Spring.3

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

P.S. | My servant will call after 12 oclock for the Arum plant for which I am much obliged.—4


The year is given by an entry in CD’s Account book recording the payment mentioned in the letter (see n. 2, below).
An entry dated 26 September 1859 in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) indicates that this sum was paid to Reed. Reed was tutoring Francis Darwin. He had formerly tutored George Howard Darwin.
It is not known whether Reed visited Africa. CD continued to pay him for tutorials in 1860.


Encloses draft in payment for tutoring of sons Francis and Leonard, with thanks for all GVR’s assistance.

Will send his servant for Arum plant.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Varenne Reed
Sent from
Source of text
Buckinghamshire Record Office (D 22/39/3)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2495,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

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