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To H. H. Vivian   11 May [1870]1

Down Beckenham

May 11—

Dear Mr Vivian

I feel greatly obliged to you for the kind interest which you have shewn on the subject of the census, which interests me greatly. I have no doubt that your personal communication with Mr Bruce will have far more influence than any memorial or any thing that I cd do.2

With my sincere thanks I beg leave to remain | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

P.S. I will endeavour to persuade Sir J. Lubbock3 to speak on the subject.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. H. Vivian, 10 May 1870.
John Lubbock was elected MP for Maidstone in February 1870 (see letter to John Lubbock, 26 February [1870].


Thanks for HHV’s interest in the census [CD’s plan to add questions on consanguineous marriage to the census] on which CD hopes to persuade Sir J. Lubbock to speak.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Hussey Vivian, 1st baronet
Sent from
Source of text
Invercargill City Libraries and Archives (Alex Robertson Collection, vol. 12: A0444 S12450012)
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7183,” accessed on 1 October 2023,

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