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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   [September 1868 – August 1870]1

I suppose this Bill is Carolines2 so send it on as I dare say it is paid— The Clock is not come.

to Charles

Sylvester came & said some officers having been speaking so highly of Leonard that I thought you would like to hear it— in their expressive language ‘he is all there’ & perhaps Lenny can translate the military language.3 This note is all topsy turvy as I dont know to whom I am writing


The date range is established by the reference to Leonard Darwin’s performance at military college (see n. 3, below).
The reference is to Caroline Sarah Wedgwood.
James Joseph Sylvester was professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where Leonard Darwin was a student from August 1868 until 1871. Sylvester’s successor at Woolwich was appointed in August 1870. (RMAS archives, Sandhurst Collection.)


Sends a bill he thinks is Caroline’s.

Tells CD of officers’ praise of Leonard.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B73
Physical description
AL 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7047,” accessed on 12 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)