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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Henrietta Emma Darwin   26 July [1867]

July 26th

My dear Etty.—

You are a very good girl to wish for remaining slips of present chapter, but they are enormously altered & 10 folio pages of MS added, & the slips themselves have had to be cut into pieces & rearranged, so I will not send them.1

But for the future I shall be only too glad for you to see the slips, as well as Revises.— I will either keep, according to quantity finished, the whole of present chapter till your return, or send part to you.—

All your remarks, criticisms doubts & corrections are excellent, excellent, excellent

Yours affectly. | C. D.


Henrietta was reading the proof-sheets of Variation. She spent the second half of July visiting Devon and Cornwall; in a letter to her brother George Howard Darwin she mentioned having ‘11 pages of proof to do’ (letter to G. H. Darwin, 23 July [1867], DAR 245: 280). CD paid Henrietta £20 for correcting the proofs (Browne 2002, p. 407). On Henrietta’s contribution as editor to CD’s work, see Browne 2002, pp. 347–9.


Browne, Janet. 2002. Charles Darwin. The power of place. Volume II of a biography. London: Pimlico.


Prefers not to send her proof-slips of the present chapter [of Variation], which has been enormously altered, but will be glad to have her see slips and revises in future.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henrietta Emma Darwin/Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 185: 57
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5585,” accessed on 23 June 2024,

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