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To Hugh Falconer   6 January [1865]1


Jan. 6th.

My dear Falconer

I return your letter to Sharpey received this morning from my Brother.2 Your letter is by far the grandest eulogium which I have ever received, or shall ever receive; and if one half—or one quarter be true and not exaggerated by your great kindness, I may well rest content that I have not laboured in vain. But I hope yet to do a little more work and justify your good opinion.

My dear Falconer | Yours most gratefully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 5 January [1865].
Letter from Hugh Falconer to William Sharpey, 25 October 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12). See letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865 and nn. 1–3.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


"I return your letter to [William] Sharpey." Grandest eulogium CD has received.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Hugh Falconer
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Source of text
DAR 144: 38
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4740,” accessed on 24 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13