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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Newton   [22 May 1870]1

Bull Hotel


My dear Newton

Many thanks for your kind note.2 I intend trying to see Sedgwick tomorrow morning as I did not find him today; so if 414 will suit you to call here & pick me up we will go on together to the Museum.3

yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


The date is established by the dates of CD’s visit to Cambridge (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). The only Sunday during CD’s trip to Cambridge from 20 to 24 May 1870 was 22 May 1870.
Newton’s letter has not been found.
CD refers to Adam Sedgwick and the Woodwardian Museum, Cambridge. Sedgwick was Woodwardian Professor of geology and head of the museum (ODNB).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Intends to see Adam Sedgwick.

Arranges to meet AN.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Newton
Sent from
Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/58)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7199,” accessed on 18 May 2021,

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