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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   15 August [1859 or later]1

Aug 15th

Dear Charles

I have fallen upon a book in London Lib which may possibly be in your way. The Psychology of Shakespeare by Dr Bucknell, Editor of the Journal of Mental Science.2 The book is much narrower than it sounds, as he is pleased to say in his Preface that in modern usage, Psychology is confined to the science of diseases &c of the mind, but as he is a mad doctor, I suppose he has got to use the word technically. I have not read very much as it does not seem really to enter the


The date is established by the date of publication of Bucknill 1859. Bucknill 1859 was published between 31 May and 14 June 1859 (Publishers’ Circular 1859).
John Charles Bucknill’s editorship of the Journal of Mental Science is mentioned on the title page of Bucknill 1859. The London Library is a private lending library in St James’s Square, Piccadilly, London.


Bucknill, John Charles. 1859. The psychology of Shakespeare. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts.


Wonders whether CD would be interested in a book by Dr Bucknell [J. C. Bucknill?] on psychology.

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Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7301,” accessed on 2 March 2024,

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