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From E. A. Darwin   10 April [1866]1

10 April—

Dear Charles

A man has sent to offer me “two most beautiful autographic Proof impressions of the portrait of C D Esq by Maguire” 7/6

What are they?2

I was sorry to hear of your heap of maladies & I suppose I shant see you till I dont know when3


Georgina4 wished me to ask you to bring with you the Quarterly Journal of Science with the Review upon yourself—5


The year is established by the reference to the review of CD’s works in the Quarterly Journal of Science (see n. 5, below).
CD’s portrait had been drawn by Thomas Herbert Maguire in 1849 as part of a series commissioned for Ipswich Museum; a limited number of prints were issued for public sale (see Correspondence vol. 4). It is reproduced in Calendar, p. viii.
See letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 April 1866] and n. 2. CD had planned to visit Erasmus in London (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 April 1866] and n. 3).
Georgina Tollet, a friend of the Darwin and Wedgwood families, lived near Erasmus at 14 Queen Anne Street, London (Freeman 1978).
The article ‘Darwin and his teachings’ appeared in the April 1866 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Science (Anon. 1866). See letter from James Samuelson, 8 April 1866.


Calendar: A calendar of the correspondence of Charles Darwin, 1821–1882. With supplement. 2d edition. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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


Has been offered proof impressions of Maguire’s portrait of CD.

Sorry to hear of CD’s "heap of maladies".

Georgina [Tollet?] wants to see the review in the Quarterly Journal of Science [3 (1866): 151–76].

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 105: B42–3
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5053,” accessed on 22 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14