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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Leonard Darwin   26 July [1872]1


July 26


I do not like the style in several places, but I cannot improve it without too great changes, even if I could do so by any change— I am sick of the subject, and myself, and the world—2

C. D.


The year is established from handwritten notes on the copy suggesting that this letter was written when Leonard was reading proof-sheets of Expression, which was published in November 1872 (Freeman 1977). See also this volume, Supplement, letter to Leonard Darwin, 11 July [1872]; the two letters were copied on the same sheet.
See also Correspondence vol. 20, letter to H. E. Litchfield, 25 July 1872.


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


CD cannot improve style [of Expression] without great changes. "I am sick of the subject, and myself, and the world".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Leonard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 153: 90
Physical description
C 1p inc

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8435,” accessed on 1 June 2023,