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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Francis Darwin   [before 5 December 1870]1

University “Pitt” Club

Dear Father

I am afraid that I havnt very much chance to paying off my debts— what I meant was that it would be fairer that I should try & do it partly, by economising— I should like to pay what I can this term, so will you please send some this week— I hope I shall never give you all this trouble with my wretched folly again2

Your affectionate son | Frank Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Darwin, 5 December [1870] (Correspondence vol. 18).
In his first letter of [before 5 December 1870] (this volume, Supplement), Francis had suggested he should pay half his bills, which totalled £50. In the event, CD paid the full amount (Correspondence vol. 18, letter to Francis Darwin, 5 December [1870]).


Has no chance of paying his debts, and asks for money.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 274.1: 19
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7387H,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)