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From B. J. Sulivan   10 February [1863]1

Board of Trade. S.W.

Feby 10

My dear Darwin

I send you a ticket—and if it would be at a time when I could go with you I should be glad to show your boy the model2   I could perhaps explain it to him better than you can.

I could go any day but Friday—or I would take him instead of sending the ticket   If he could fix a day and hour & call here I will go with him if I can any time between 11 & 12 tomorrow or Thursday would suit me best.

I am sorry to hear such an account of you. have you ever tried turkish bath for I hear wonderful stories about it.

Nothing new as to my going from Admy.—but report says it is decided I am to go—3

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | B. J. Sulivan

I send a few extra in case you have at any time friends who would like to go


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from B. J. Sulivan, 4 February [1863].
The reference is to Horace Darwin, then aged 11, who had accompanied his parents to London (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). The model referred to has not been identified, but Horace had developed an interest in engineering (Notes on the early life of Horace Darwin by Leonard Darwin, Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Archive–CUL, Box 3).
Sulivan was waiting to hear whether he was to be appointed as commodore to command the British naval squadron on the west coast of South America (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 4 February [1863]); he was unsuccessful in his application (see Sulivan 1896 ed., p. 377).


Sulivan, Henry Norton, ed. 1896. Life and letters of the late Admiral Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan, KCB, 1810–1890. London: John Murray.


Sends some tickets so that CD’s son might see [an unspecified] model.

Letter details

Letter no.
Bartholomew James Sulivan
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Board of Trade
Source of text
DAR 177: 281
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3976,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11