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From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [1864?]1

Dear Charles

I dont suppose you ever use your power of signing Sunday tickets,2 & if so I shall be glad of some as I am persecuted by waiters whenever I go to Athenæum3

yours aff. | E D


The date is based on the endorsement ‘64’ in an unknown hand.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin may be referring to tickets issued to fellows of the Zoological Society of London for admission of their friends to the Zoological Gardens on Saturdays and Sundays; these tickets were abolished in 1867 (see Scherren 1905, p. 145). CD became a fellow of the Zoological Society in 1839, Erasmus in 1855 (Freeman 1978, List of fellows of the Zoological Society).
Erasmus became a member of the Athenaeum Club in 1842, CD in 1838 (personal communication from librarian of the Athenaeum Club).


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

List of fellows of the Zoological Society: A list of the fellows and honorary, foreign, and corresponding members and medallists of the Zoological Society of London. London: William Clowes and Sons, et al. 1858–1957.

Scherren, Henry. 1905. The Zoological Society of London: a sketch of its foundation and development and the story of its farm, museum, gardens, menagerie and library. London: Cassell.


Asks CD to sign some "Sunday tickets" [for the Zoological Garden?].

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Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 105: B17
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4365,” accessed on 13 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12