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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Samuel Symonds   26 March [1861]1

Down Bromley Kent

March 26th

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind present of your volume on Old Bones & for the very flattering manner in which you allude to my work.—2

Pray believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | C. Darwin


The identity of the recipient and the year are provided by the reference to Symonds 1861 (see n. 2, below).
Symonds was the author of Old bones; or, notes for young naturalists (Symonds 1861). Symonds frequently cited CD’s views in the book and referred to Origin as a ‘remarkable work’ (ibid., p. 33). The book is not in the Darwin Library.


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Symonds, William Samuel. 1861. Old bones; or, notes for young naturalists. London.


Thanks correspondent for book on old bones.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.242)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3099,” accessed on 8 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9