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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   9 January [1872]


Jan. 9th

My dear William

I received this morning the last proof, & I must thank you cordially for all the labour & anxiety, which you have saved & for all grinding work which you have yourself undergone.—1 In one page a whole line had got misplaced, which I see had puzzled you & at first confounded me.—

I shall not want the Preface, Index &c looked over by you, so that your work is finally done.—

I am so glad we shall see you on Sunday.

Yours affectionately | C. Darwin


William had been reading the proof-sheets of the sixth edition of Origin (see Correspondence vol. 19, postcard to W. E. Darwin, 31 [October 1871]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks WED for checking through the proofs of a new [6th] edition of Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
JA 9 72
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 137
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8153,” accessed on 2 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20