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From John Brodie Innes   1 September [1867]1


1st. Septr

Dear Darwin

I found out the name of the tutor I mentioned to you about whom you may think it worth while to enquire. I only knew him by reputation, not personally.

Revd. C. Bradley2

? Hatfield

I am not sure of his parish but it joins on to Colney Hatch—Eastward and is a short walk from the C Hatch station—3 You will find it on a map at once—

I am off to the north tomorrow night and hope to be home to lunch on Tuesday4

I hope Horsman5 will stay quietly, at least for the year he has promised: and that you will continue to like him—

Faithfully Yours | J Brodie Innes


The year is established by the reference to Samuel James O’Hara Horsman (see n. 5, below).
Colney Hatch station was in the north London suburban area (Post Office London suburban directory). The station is now called New Southgate.
Innes’s home was at Milton Brodie, near Forres, Scotland (DNB).
Horsman was curate at Down for part of 1867 and 1868; he had recently arrived to take up the post (J. H. Moore 1985, pp. 470, 477). According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Horsman visited on 2 September 1867.


DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.

Moore, James Richard. 1985. Darwin of Down: the evolutionist as squarson-naturalist. In The Darwinian heritage, edited by David Kohn. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press in association with Nova Pacifica (Wellington, NZ).

Post Office London suburban directory: The Post Office London suburban directory. Kelly’s London suburban directory. London: Kelly & Co. 1860–1903.


Recommends a tutor for CD’s son.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Brodie Innes
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 167: 5
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5205,” accessed on 22 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15