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Darwin Correspondence Project

From H. E. Darwin   [after 8 February 1870]1

Dear F.

Thanks for your note abt the M.S.S. I will obey all your instructions—& I shall be extremely interested in reading it—so you needn’t thank me for it—& here what time I spend in my own room is so very undisturbed it goes much further.2 When I know no human being will come after me & lay out my plans for the day & stick to them. Certainly to have you turned Parson will be a change— I expect I shall want it enlarging not contracting —cos I think you think an apology is wanting for writing abt any thing so unimportant as the mind of man!


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to H. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870].
See letter to H. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870]. Henrietta refers to the manuscript of Descent. From the letter from H. E. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 17 February 1870 (DAR 245: 33a), it seems that Henrietta was in Genoa.


Responds to note about the MS [Descent] with great interest and promises to obey his instructions. [See 7124.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Henrietta Emma Darwin/Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 245: 33b
Physical description
encl AL 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7112F,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

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