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To Charles Boner   20 January [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan. 20th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your extremely kind note & for your valuable present of your work on Transylvania, received this morning.2 I do not think I ever read a word about this country, & am indeed ashamed to confess that I had to look at a map to be sure where it lay. Therefore, as soon as I have finished some books in hand, I will begin your volume. You must indeed feel most severely your present state of health, which I am truly sorry to hear of.— My own health has been slowly & gradually failing for so many years, that I can hardly imagine the sense of former vigour & feats of endurance. As long as I can use my mind for a few hours daily I must be content, & must enjoy the glorious scenes of nature, as described by you & others. With every hope that you may perfectly recover & observe the habits of wild animals again, I beg leave to remain with my best thanks for your kind present. Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Charles Boner, 8 January 1870.
See letter from Charles Boner, 8 January 1870. CD refers to Boner 1865; there is a copy in the Darwin Library–Down.


Boner, Charles. 1865. Transylvania: its products and its people. London: Longman, Green, Reader and Dyer.


Thanks CB for Transylvania [1865].

CD’s health has declined steadily. He must now be content to read about nature as described by CB and others.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7083,” accessed on 26 February 2021,

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