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Darwin Correspondence Project

To P. G. King   24 April 1869

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Ap. 24. 1869

My dear King

Although you tell me not to write I must send a line for auld lang syne & to thank you for yr note.1

Living the quiet life which I do I often think of old days, & I remember the friendship of no one on board the Beagle with more pleasure than yours.2

The cases of the parrot seem very curious, but at present I do not know what species the rosella is; I will however when next in London, shew the paragraph to Mr Gould & find it out.3 Many thanks for your kind wish to aid me about expression.

I can give you no news about any other of our old shipmates as I have heard of none of them for some months. As for myself my health continues & will ever be weak, but I am better than I was a few years ago. Should you come to England it would be a real pleasure to me to see you.

Believe me my dear King | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


See letter from P. G. King, 25 February 1869.
See letter from P. G. King, 25 February 1869 and n. 4.
CD refers to information in an enclosure to King’s letter of 25 February 1869 that has not been identified. Rosellas are Australian parrots in the genus Platycercus. CD also refers to John Gould.


Thanks PGK for his aid in reporting the curious case of the parrot.

Will consult John Gould about rosella [Australian parakeet].

Recalls with pleasure their friendship on board the Beagle.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Philip Gidley King
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Source of text
Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 3447/2, Item 2, pp. 5–8)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6712A,” accessed on 9 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17