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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. F. Royle   [2 February 1842]

12 Upper Gower St


Dear Royle

My brother Erasmus Darwin’s ballot for the Athenæum comes on Monday next the 7th.— If you will attend & give him your vote, I shall feel much obliged1

Ever yours | C. Darwin

Can you, also, assist him by your interest with any friend, who may attend


E. A. Darwin ‘came in triumphantly without one black ball’ (Emma Darwin to Jessie Sismondi, 8 February [1842], Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 67).


Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915.


Asks JFR to support E. A. Darwin’s election to the Athenaeum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Forbes Royle
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
University of Rochester Libraries, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 617,” accessed on 21 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2