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To S. J. O’H. Horsman   3 June 1868

My dear Sir

Under the present circumstances, & as your lodgings are so uncomfortable, I think you are right not to return to this Parish—1 If you will send to me receipts & all papers in connection with the Down nat School2 & your accounts & a cheque for the balance in to hand, I will pass them over to your successor for examination. I will myself send you an acknowledgement that I personally hold these documents. I shall not myself   As it is a great evil to this Parish, not having a resident clergyman, I hope that you will soon communicate with Mr Brodie Innes & make some final & permanent arrangement.3

Believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

June 3d (68)

Rv. J. OHara Horsman


See letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868].
Nat. School: National School. National Schools were elementary schools in England or Wales operated by the National Society for the Education of the Poor, which was established in 1811 (OED).
John Brodie Innes, who lived in Scotland, was vicar of Down (Clergy list 1869).


Clergy list: The clergy list … containing an alphabetical list of the clergy. London: C. Cox [and others]. 1841–89.

OED: The Oxford English dictionary. Being a corrected re-issue with an introduction, supplement and bibliography of a new English dictionary. Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1970. A supplement to the Oxford English dictionary. 4 vols. Edited by R. W. Burchfield. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1972–86. The Oxford English dictionary. 2d edition. 20 vols. Prepared by J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1989. Oxford English dictionary additional series. 3 vols. Edited by John Simpson et al. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1993–7.


Thinks SJOH is right not to return to Down. Asks him to forward certain documents. Hopes final arrangements will soon be made for a resident clergyman in Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel James O’Hara Horsman
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Source of text
DAR 96: 47
Physical description
ADraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6225,” accessed on 23 May 2024,

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