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From Hermann Kindt   13 November 1865

Bampton, Penrith

13. Nov. 1865.

Dear Sir,

I herewith send you the facsimile reproduction of your handwriting, and beg you will be kind enough to let me know if you like the manner in wh: it has been executed.1 At the same time accept my warmest thanks for your courteous attention. I am sure that the paragraph as well as the specimen of your handwriting are a great ornament to our publication, and will be received with the greatest pleasure by your numerous friends and admirers. I can at least vouch for my own countrymen.

If you can possibly send me for the same purpose of a facsimile reproduction an interesting note or letter of your celebrated Grandfather, I shall feel greatly obliged to you.2

I beg to enclose a biographical notice intended for that purpose, which was chiefly extracted from Miss Seward’s “Life of Dr. Erasmus Darwin”.3 I copied and compiled it some time ago but cannot remember the biographical compilations I made use of for that purpose.

With renewed thanks for your kindness, believe me to remain | Your’s very faithfully | Hermann Kindt

Charles Darwin Esq. M.A., F.R.S., etc.


Kindt had requested a page of handwriting from CD for facsimile reproduction in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite; see letters from Hermann Kindt, 17 October 1865, and 23 October 1865 and n. 2).
A facsimile reproduction of a letter from CD’s paternal grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, to his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood I, was published in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 4 (1866): no. 70.
Kindt refers to Seward 1804. The biographical sketch of Erasmus Darwin appeared in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 4 (1866): 23.


Seward, Anna. 1804. Memoirs of the life of Dr. Darwin. London: J. Johnson.


Sends facsimile reproduction of CD’s handwriting [Autographic Mirror 3 (1865) no. 262]. Requests a sample of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s hand and autograph for publication.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hermann Adolph Christian August (Hermann) Kindt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 17
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4935,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

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