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To Hubert Airy?   9 June [1872?]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [Bassett, Southampton.]

June 9th

My dear Sir

I shall be very glad to read your paper; but you must not trust to my judgment. I am essentially a very poor critic, as I have often found to my cost,— I am always inclined to believe all I read, & differ only after long reflection; & this is now becoming hard work for me on new subjects.— Moreover I have no mathematical knowledge of any kind or power in this line.—2

So do not trust me, but believe me yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The correspondent and the year are conjectured from the probable relationship between this letter and the letters from Hubert Airy, [before 15] July 1872, and 16 July 1872.
See the letter from Hubert Airy, [before 15] July 1872, with Airy’s detailed mathematical modelling of leaf arrangement.


Agrees to read paper; warns he lacks mathematical knowledge.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Hubert Airy
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.408)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8377,” accessed on 27 October 2020,

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