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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Francis Darwin   30 August [1867–70]1


Aug 30

My dear Frank

Will you look over the enclosed Latin sentence & see that it is correct.2 If any of your Classical friends are up, perhaps you cd. get one to glance over it.—3 Please return it tolerably soon.

In Haste   Yours affectly. | C. Darwin


The date range is established by the reference to Francis Darwin’s being at Cambridge (see n. 3, below).
The enclosure has not been found. It may have been the text of Descent 2: 345, n. 53, an account of steatopygia that CD had translated into Latin in order to disguise content considered indelicate (see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] and n. 3).
Francis went up to Cambridge on 12 October 1866 and was admitted as a student at Trinity College, Cambridge on 29 September 1866; he graduated in December 1870 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242); Alum. Cantab.; Cambridge University calendar).


Asks FD to check whether a Latin sentence is correct.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 271.3: 1
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7312,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

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