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To Edward Walford   13 June [1861]1

Down Bromley Kent

June 13th


I enclose the dates of the principal events of my Life, according to your request.—2 I presume that I have given them much too fully, but you can use such as you think fit.—3

I have the honour to remain | Sir | Your obedt. servt. | Charles Darwin

E. Walford Esq


The year is provided by the reference to the biography of CD included in Walford ed. 1862.
Walford was the editor of the 1862 edition of the biographical series Men of the time (DNB).
The entry for CD in Walford ed. 1862 includes information on the educational institutions he attended, the Beagle voyage, his publications, and the medals awarded to him by the Royal Society and the Geological Society.


DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.


Sends "the dates of the principal events of my Life" requested by EW [for use in his Men of the time (1862)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Walford
Sent from
Source of text
Ralph Colp Jr (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3181,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

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