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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Scott   2 August 1864


Augt. 2d. 1864


I beg to acknowledge due receipt, by to-days mail—your letter of the 31st. containing cheque for £10.1 I do feel ashamed that I should have occasion thus to tax so heavily your generosity. I can only now tender my most sincere thanks to you for all; and express a hope that you will bear with & excuse me, until I get fairly settled in India, when I will be enabled to repay the percuniary part of my obligations to you.2

Please excuse me writing so briefly as the time is nearly up for despatch of mail, & I am anxious to acknowledge by return receipt of the above cheque.

I am | Sir | Your obliged & obedt. Servt. | John Scott


CD’s letter to Scott has not been found; however, see letter from John Scott, 29 July [1864] and n. 5. CD’s Account book–cash account (Down House MS) records a gift of £10 to Scott on 31 July 1864.
CD had previously given Scott £25 for his voyage to India (see second letter from John Scott, 10 June [1864]). He gave Scott an additional £80 when Scott visited Down later in August (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [16 August 1864], n. 2).


Thanks CD for loan of £10.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Scott
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 177: 113
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4582,” accessed on 20 July 2024,

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