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To F. E. Abbot   6 June [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

June 6th.

Dear Sir

We have all been so much interested by the number of the Index, which you were so good as to send me, that I shd. be much obliged if you would send copies to me, for as long as the enclosed dollars will pay for them & postage. As far as I could guess this wd. be for about a year.2

One of my sons procured the dollars from a money changer, & I hope that they are not forgeries.—

I have now read your Lecture delivered in Boston; it seems to me most clearly & vigorously written, & is one of the most striking articles which I have read in my whole life.3

Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. E. Abbot, 11 May 1871.
See letter from F. E. Abbot, 11 May 1871, and letter to F. E. Abbot, 27 May [1871]. There are three issues of the Index in the Darwin Archive–CUL (DAR 139.12: 2 and 3, and DAR 140.5: 44).
CD refers to a lecture delivered by Abbot on 5 February 1871, ‘The intuitional and scientific schools of free religion’ (Abbot 1871). The lecture appeared in the 15 April 1871 issue of the Index. CD’s copy has not been found.


Abbot, Francis Ellingwood. 1871. The intuitional and scientific schools of free religion. [Read 5 February 1871.] Index 2: 113–15.


Sends subscription for the Index.

FEA’s article ["The intuitional and scientific schools of free religion", Index 15 Apr 1871] is one of the most striking CD has read.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7804,” accessed on 22 January 2022,

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