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From Charles Pritchard   24 January 1868

My dear Mr Darwin,

Accept my most hearty congratulations on your Son’s grand Success.1 Your delight & that of Mrs Darwin must indeed be enviably great.

Omnes omnia bona dicere.2 May your Son’s entire career be after the model of this beginning

Believe me | My dear Mr Darwin | Yours sincerely | C. Pritchard

Jan 24. 1868 | Cambridge


The quotation is from Terence’s The woman of Andros. The full quotation reads, ‘omnes omnia bona dicere et laudere fortunas meas, qui gnatum haberem tali ingenio praeditum.’ It may be translated, ‘Everyone spoke well of him, and they congratulated me on my good fortune in having a son endowed with such a disposition.’ (Terence 2001, pp. 58–9.)


Terence 2001. The woman of Andros, the self-tormentor, the Eunuch. Edited and translated by John Barsby. Loeb Classical Library.


Congratulations on success of CD’s son [George].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Pritchard
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 174: 79
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5797,” accessed on 29 November 2022,

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