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From William Bowman   5 October 1866

Dumbleton Hall

Oct 5. 1866

Dear Mr Darwin

I must write one line to say how pleased I am that any little effort of mine should have met your approval—1 With no wide or accurate acquaintance with the grounds of the great argument to which you have contributed so much and so powerfully, I cannot say I have any remaining doubt as to how the future will regard it. So that I could not honestly have expressed myself otherwise than I did if I touched upon it at all—and I felt that the occasion called for or at least admitted of some allusion to it.2

I was very near troubling you with an afternoon call one Sunday last Summer which I was spending with Lord Cranworth—3 Yesterday I had the pleasure of inscribing my name near yours in Mrs Dent’s book at Sudeley.4

Yrs very sincerely | W Bowman

C. Darwin Esq


CD had praised Bowman’s recent address to the annual meeting of the British Medical Association (see letter to William Bowman, 26 September [1866] and n. 2).
Bowman is referring to his remarks on the continuity of life and the origin of humans (see letter to William Bowman, 26 September [1866] and n. 3).
Robert Monsey Rolfe, Lord Cranworth, was a neighbour of CD’s.
Bowman refers to Emma Dent and Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Although there is no evidence that CD ever visited Sudeley, he may have contributed his signature for one of Dent’s autograph books, as she was an avid collector. The page referred to has not been found in the archives at Sudeley Castle.


Is pleased CD approved of his effort ["Address in surgery", see 5219] in which he alluded to CD’s views.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Bowman, 1st baronet
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Dumbleton Hall
Source of text
DAR 160: 266
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5232,” accessed on 28 September 2020,

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