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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. E. Darwin   6 November 1871

Bank, Southampton,

Nov 6 1871

My dear Father,

I send you off proofs by afternoon post.1 The original & the other copy of proof I send tonight.

The third copy of proof I keep. I have not had the diagram by me to check the letters & figures by. I see they say it will be about 400 hundred only, quite a moderate book.2

I will check the letters with the diagram in my 5th edition tonight.3

I have been down to Bournemouth for a Sunday & found Edmund pretty brisk.4

Your affect son | W E Darwin


William was correcting proofs of Origin 6th ed. (see this volume, Supplement, letter from W. E. Darwin, [3 November 1871]).
Origin 6th ed. was 458 pages long with index and glossary (not including preliminaries); it contained one fold-out diagram between pp. 90 and 91.
In Origin 5th ed. the diagram appears between pp. 132 and 133.
Edmund Langton. Henrietta Emma Darwin had remarked on his poor health in her letter of 21 March [1871] (this volume, Supplement).


Will send back proofs of Origin 6th ed.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Bank, Southampton
Source of text
Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 46)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8040F,” accessed on 30 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)