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To Charles Babbage   [June – September 1837]1

36 Grt. Marlborough Stt.—

My dear Sir

I received a letter last week from Mr Lyell, in which he asks me to tell you, that by some misunderstanding he did not know you wanted Mr Whewell’s History of the Induct: Sc:2 & that he consequently sent it up to Scotland. He begs me to send my copy on to you, in place of his.

Your’s most truly | Chas. Darwin


Dated from the reference to Charles Lyell, who had left for the Continent on 6 June 1837 (K. M. Lyell, ed. 1881, 2: 13).


Lyell, Katharine Murray, ed. 1881. Life, letters and journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart. 2 vols. London: John Murray.

Whewell, William. 1837. History of the inductive sciences, from the earliest to the present times. 3 vols. London.


At Lyell’s request sends his copy of Whewell’s History of inductive sciences [1837] to CB.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Babbage
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 37190: 322)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 358,” accessed on 4 March 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2