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From John Murray   6 March [1868]1

50A, Albemarle St. | W.

Mar 6.

My Dear Sir

I enclose my note of hand at 4 Mo’s from Mar 2. for £420 " as agreed.2 I trust it will reach you safely—

The son of Mr Clowes our Printer—a gentleman educated at Eton & Oxford is to be ballotted for at the Athenæum next Monday.3 I do not suppose you venture out at night, but if you think fit to speak to friends on Mr W Clowes behalf I venture to think he is not undeserving—

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 6 March 1868.
Murray refers to William Charles Knight Clowes, whose father was George Clowes, one of the partners in the firm of William Clowes and Sons. W. C. K. Clowes is listed as a member of the Athenaeum Club from 1868. CD had been a member since 1838 (Waugh [1888]).


Waugh, Francis Gledstanes. [1888.] Members of the Athenæum Club, 1824 to 1887. N.p.: privately printed.


JM sends note for £420.

Asks CD to use his good offices on behalf of William Clowes’s son who is up for election to Athenaeum.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 358
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5988,” accessed on 28 January 2022,

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