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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [November 1871]1

My dear W.

I am heartily obliged— You gave me much labour— Your suggestions & corrections are very good. I have taken some & shd have taken more, had they not broken so many lines of close print.2

In altering false letter draw vertical line through it,

as in word “and”—and n/

Put mark ^ when comma omitted, & on the margin ,/

Put x where blurred letter.

I fear it is much labour to you.

your affect Father | C. D.


The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the postcard to W. E. Darwin, 31 [October 1871], and the postcard to W. E. Darwin, 3 [November 1871]..
William was reading the proofs of Origin 6th ed. (see letter to W. E. Darwin, 31 [October 1871]).


Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Explains some proof-correcting symbols to be used by WED [on Origin, 6th ed. proofs?].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 136
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8042,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

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