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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 3 March 2021,

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