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To Neil Arnott   29 August [1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Aug. 29th

My dear Sir

On my return home after a two months’ absence in Devonshire,2 on Tuesday night I found lying here the “Survey of Human Progress”,3 which you have very kindly sent me. I fear it has been lying here for some time. I am very glad to see that you have kept your intention of publishing on this grand & interesting subject & I hope in a few days to read your work.4

I thank you sincerely for sending me a copy & with much respect, I [ … ] remain My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to CD’s stay in Devon and by the date of publication of Arnott’s book (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
CD was in Torquay, Devon, during July and August 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II).
Arnott 1861 was published in August 1861 (Publishers’ Circular, 15 August 1861, p. 373).
After receiving a pamphlet from Arnott on human progress, CD had encouraged him to write a book on the subject (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Neil Arnott, 16 February [1860?] and n. 3).


Found NA’s A survey of human progress [1861] on his return home after two months’ absence. Is glad to see NA kept his intention of publishing on this subject.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Neil Arnott
Sent from
Source of text
Remember When Antiquities (Catalogue 28)
Physical description
** 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3237F,” accessed on 22 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)