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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Patrick Matthew   15 March [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

March 15th

Dear Sir

I thank you for your kind letter. You show no signs of your four score years in your letter or in the newspaper article, which seems written with all your pristine vigour.—2 My health keeps very indifferent & every exertion fatigues me, so that I doubt whether I shall be good for much more. Your parable of the Damascus woman is quite new to me & very striking.3

I sincerely wish you a happy meeting with your son.—4 I have many letters to write, so pray excuse my brevity, & believe me | with respect | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Patrick Matthew, 12 March 1871.


PM’s letter and newspaper article [see 7576] show him to be still vigorous. CD doubts that he himself will be good for much more.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Patrick Matthew
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (Acc.10963)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7585,” accessed on 12 September 2023,

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