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To Benjamin Dann Walsh   27 January [1868]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan. 27th

My dear Sir

After endless delays, latterly caused by the index-maker, my Book will be published in a few days time.—1 It has cost me much more labour than it is worth. But I write one line just to say that I have told my publisher to send you a copy to care of Messrs. Bailliere New York.—2

Pray excuse brevity as I am overwhelmed with letters, & accept my best wishes.— Believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

P.S | I was delighted by hearing yesterday that my second son of Trinity is Second Wrangler this year.3


On the delay to Variation caused by the preparation of the index, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 January [1868] and n. 11, and the letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 January 1868 and n. 3. The indexer was William Sweetland Dallas. Variation was published on 30 January 1868 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)).
CD had previously been asked by Walsh to send books through the French firm Baillière, which had offices in London and New York (see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from B. D. Walsh, 17 July 1866).
George Howard Darwin was a member of Trinity College, Cambridge, and had gained second place in the University’s final examination for the mathematical tripos; the position is known as second wrangler (Cambridge University calendar 1868).


Cambridge University calendar: The Cambridge University calendar. Cambridge: W. Page [and others]. 1796–1950.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Is sending a copy of Variation [to be published in a few days]. It cost more labour than it is worth.

George Darwin is Second Wrangler.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Benjamin Dann Walsh
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JA 27 68
Source of text
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5803,” accessed on 20 February 2020,

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