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To F. E. Abbot   27 May [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 27th


Dear Sir

I am much obliged by your kind & interesting letter.2 What you tell me about the interest felt in America on my own & allied views surprises & highly gratifies me. The extract from the Liberal Christian is one of finest eulogiums I ever read on men of science.3

I have real pleasure in enclosing my photograph, as a very slight token of respect & of my thankfulness for your very kind letter

Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

P.S. I have received the Index & pamphlet, which I will soon read.4 My wife has read them & been struck with them.—

I have now read, Truths for the Times, & I admire them from my inmost heart, & I believe that I agree to every word


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. E. Abbot, 11 May 1871.
The Liberal Christian was a Unitarian periodical published in New York. The extract has not been found.
Abbot evidently sent CD an issue of the Index (a weekly paper that he edited), and a copy of the pamphlet Truths for the times (Abbot [1870]).


Abbot, Francis Ellingwood. [1870.] Truths for the times. Mount Pleasant, Ramsgate: Thomas Scott.


CD is surprised and gratified by the interest in his views in America.

Has read the extract from the Liberal Christian sent by FEA and also Truths for the times, which he admires.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7771,” accessed on 26 January 2022,

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