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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   [before 11 October 1868]1


Dear Charles

I heard from C. P. this morning saying that he has made a ‘fearful mistake’ & that the marriage cannot be but that he can say no more about it.2

I hope to come to you next week3 | Yours affec | E D


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from E. A. Darwin, [11 October 1868].
The reference is probably to Charles Parker, nephew of CD and Erasmus Darwin, who was then the vicar of Ford, near Shrewsbury (Crockford’s clerical directory 1886). No further information on his intended marriage has been found. Parker never married.
No record has been found of a visit by Erasmus Darwin to Down in 1868.


Crockford’s clerical directory: The clerical directory, a biographical and statistical book of reference for facts relating to the clergy and the church. Crockford’s clerical directory etc. London: John Crockford [and others]. 1858–1900.


C[harles?] P[arker?] says he has made a "fearful mistake", and the marriage cannot be; EAD hopes to come to CD next week.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B59
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5746,” accessed on 9 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16