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Darwin Correspondence Project

From William Farr   21 February 1871

General Register Office | Somerset House

1871 Feb 21

My dear Sir

I hasten to thank you for your gift—precious not only to me but to Mankind—1

Should any thing occur to me—that I think might be useful—I will write again after I have read the work which is a great relief in the midst of our details—as shown in the annexed yellow Book which you might like to glance over at your leisure.2

You will see what poor artifices—& instruments—we employ to catch you on April 3 next.3

I am my dear Sir | ever yours faithfully | W. Farr


Farr’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Descent (Appendix IV); he is also cited in Descent for information on human reproduction.
The ‘yellow book’ has not been identified.
Farr refers to the annual census.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks for the gift of the book [Descent].

Letter details

Letter no.
William Farr
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
General Register Office
Source of text
DAR 164: 34
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7503,” accessed on 8 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19