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To S. H. Haliburton   6 November [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov. 6th.

My dear Sarah

I have been very much pleased by your letter, which I must call charming.—2 I hardly ventured to think that you would have retained a friendly recollection of me for so many years. Yet I ought to have felt assured that you would remain as warm-hearted & as true-hearted as you have ever been from my earliest recollection.— I know well how many grievous sorrows you have gone through; but I am very sorry to hear that your health is not good. In the Spring or summer, when the weather is better, if you can summon up courage to pay us a visit here, both my wife, as she desires me to say, & myself would be truly glad to see you, & I know that you would not care about being rather dull here. It would be a real pleasure to me to see you.— Thank you much for telling about your family,—much of which was new to me. How kind you all were to me as a boy, & you especially, & how much happiness I owe to you.3

Believe me | Your affectionate & obliged Friend | Charles Darwin

Perhaps you would like to see a Photograph of me now that I am old.—


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from S. H. Haliburton, 3 November [1872].


Thanks SH for news of her family. Would like her to visit Down in the spring.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sarah Harriet Mostyn Owen/Sarah Harriet Williams/Sarah Harriet Haliburton
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Source of text
DAR 185: 23
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8601,” accessed on 4 December 2021,

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