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To F. E. Abbot   2 July 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 2d. 72/

My dear Sir

I am ashamed to say that I kept no memorandum when I first subscribed for the Index.— I now send the amount, according to my sons calculation, for two years subscription & postage; so kindly make a note the date to which this extends & which will probably last out my active life.—1

I was very much interested two or three months ago by a grand Lecture which you delivered in Boston.—2

I had the great pleasure of having here to dinner a short time ago Col. Higginson: he seems in every way a man, whom one may have been proud to have received.—3

With all good wishes | In Haste, My dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


For CD’s arrangement to receive the Index, see the letter to F. E. Abbot, 8 January 1872, n. 1. CD’s calculation of the amount for two years’ subscription with postage was probably based on Abbot’s printed letter head, which stated: ‘Office of the Index, a weekly paper, devoted to free religion. Terms $2.00 a year.’
Abbot’s lecture ‘The god of science’, published as an Index tract (Abbot 1872b), had been delivered on 11 February 1872 in the Horticultural Hall, Boston, as part of a course of Sunday afternoon lectures under the auspices of the Free Religion Association. There was a short notice of the lecture in the Index, 24 February 1872, pp. 57–60.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson recalled his visit to Down in Higginson 1898, pp. 283–5.


Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. 1898. Cheerful yesterdays. Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press.


Renews subscription to Index.

Was interested in FEA’s lecture on "The God of science" [Index 24 Feb 1872].

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8401,” accessed on 25 October 2021,

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