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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Mary Charlton   25 March 1871

Woodlands, | Tooting Common, | S.W.

25 March | 1871

Cresy Memorial Fund

Dear Sir

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your handsome donation of 50£ towards the above fund—1

You will doubtless be gratified to learn that the sum now paid & promised is about 1000£. It is proposed to invest the money in the purchase of a permanent annuity for Mrs. Cresy.2 Mrs. Cresy is deeply grateful for the spontaneous liberality of her late husbands friends

I am dr Sir | Yrs truly | Mary Charlton

Chas. Darwin Esq


An entry in CD’s Account books–cash account (Down House MS) for 24 March 1871 records a payment of £50 for ‘donation subscription for Mrs Cresy’.
Mary Louis Cresy, widow of Edward Cresy (1824–70).


Thanks for £50 contribution to Edward Cresy’s memorial. £1000 collected so far for an annuity for Mrs Cresy.

Letter details

Letter no.
Mary Charlton
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Tooting Common
Source of text
DAR 161: 135
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7625,” accessed on 27 January 2020,

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