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To John Edward Gray   27 January [1865]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 27—

My dear Gray

Many thanks for your very kind congratulations2

I am sorry to hear that you have been ill.

I thought when I saw you that you looked far from well.3

Believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Gray’s congratulations, which were probably for the Copley Medal. CD had been awarded the medal at the 3 November 1864 meeting of the council of the Royal Society (see Correspondence vol. 12).
Gray’s letter has not been found.
CD may have seen Gray while he was visiting his cousin Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood in London in August 1864 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 13, Appendix II)). Joseph Dalton Hooker remarked in his letter of [23 November 1864] (Correspondence vol. 12) that Gray was suffering from disease of the prostate.


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


Thanks JEG for congratulations [on Copley Medal?].

Mentions JEG’s illness.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Edward Gray
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.305)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4755,” accessed on 8 August 2020,

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