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From James Paget   29 January 1868

1, Harewood Place, | Hanover Square. | London W.

Jany. 29. 1868

My dear Darwin

I thank you, with all my heart, for sending me your book—1 I shall refresh and teach myself with it whenever I can get a bit of time clear from the day’s work—

I expect to be made even more than I am now ashamed of my ignorance, (and I fear I may add that of my profession too) on the influence of inheritance on the variations and mixtures of disease—2 But I hope that my deeper shame will be the beginning of deeper knowledge—

Let me congratulate you on your son’s great success at Cambridge3   I can hardly imagine a greater happiness for you: and I wish you many years of enjoyment of a career worthy of this first great step—

Always, my dear Darwin, | sincerely your’s | James Paget.

Charles Darwin Esqre.


The reference is to Variation. Paget’s name appears on the presentation list for the book (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV).
Paget supplied CD with information on inherited diseases and other topics (see Correspondence vols. 7 and 11, and Variation).
George Howard Darwin was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (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.


Thanks for Variation. Expects to be made more ashamed by his ignorance of the "influence of inheritance on the variations and mixtures of disease".

Letter details

Letter no.
James Paget, 1st baronet
Charles Robert Darwin
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London, Harewood Place, 1
Source of text
DAR 174: 7
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5812,” accessed on 30 May 2020,

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