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From Hugh Falconer   31 December [1863]1

21 Park Crescent

31 Decr.

My Dear Darwin.

A happy new year to you and yours—with all the best wishes of the Season.

On opening your cover, I find that the wrong letter has been sent to me2—and that mine has probably gone to your Radiolariæ friend—who I trust is not the Pres. R.S!3

I return the former enclosed.

Yours Ever Sinly | H Falconer


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Ernst Haeckel, 30 December [1863] – 3 January [1864].
See letter to Ernst Haeckel, 30 December [1863] – 3 January [1864] and n. 5. The letter intended for Falconer has not been found. Falconer probably refers to Edward Sabine, who was president of the Royal Society of London, and instrumental in the choice of Adam Sedgwick for the award of the society’s Copley Medal in 1863, in preference to CD (see letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, 12 November 1863 and nn. 4 and 5).


Returns a letter wrongly addressed by CD [4361].

Letter details

Letter no.
Hugh Falconer
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Park Crescent, 21
Source of text
DAR 164: 25
Physical description
ALS 1p damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4362,” accessed on 18 May 2024,

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