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Darwin Correspondence Project

To an editor   12 October [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 12th

Dear Sir

I can have no objection to the portrait & memoir of myself in your Review as proposed. The best photographs of me have been taken by Mr Rejlander, & as it will save you trouble I send you one.—2 I shd. be obliged for a copy of your Review, if you keep to your intention, as not living in London I may not hear when it is published.—3

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the form of the address and its location in the top right-hand corner of the page; CD used this paper between May 1871 and January 1872.
There are copies of Oscar Gustav Rejlander’s photographs of CD in the Darwin Archive–CUL (DAR 225: 114, DAR 257: 14); see also Prodger 2009, pp. 159 (reproduction of a photograph in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm) and 176 (reproduction of DAR 225: 114). The image in DAR 257: 14 is reproduced on p. as the frontispiece to this volume.
The review has not been identified.


Prodger, Phillip. 2009. Darwin’s camera: art and photography in the theory of evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Sends photograph of himself for a proposed memoir in correspondent’s Review.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8003,” accessed on 8 June 2023,

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