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From F. P. Cobbe   [26 November 1872]1

26. Hereford Sq | S.W

Dear Mr. Darwin

I cannot say how much I am gratified by your kind gift of your book.2 I had been trying in vain to purchase it—no copy being in the market—& I need not say how very much more valuable it is as coming from you— Miss Lloyd3 & I are deep in it already— She is meanly rejoicing that I am going out to dinner that she may read it all the evening!—

Hoping that your health is pretty good & that we may have the pleasure of catching a glimpse of you in Queen Anne St4 ere very long, Believe me dear Mr Darwin heartily yr. obliged | Frances Power Cobbe

Murray of course sends you the Quarterly— I shd. be very curious to know if you thought I had done anything towards explaining the “Consciousness of Dogs”—?5 I have just written another set of (rather childish!) doggie stories for the Cornhill— They have only the merit of strictly veracious biographies6

Tuesday night


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to F. P. Cobbe, 28 November 1872. The Tuesday before 28 November 1872 was 26 November.
Six Queen Anne Street was the address of CD’s brother, Erasmus.
Cobbe had written an article on the emotion and psychology of dogs for the October issue of the Quarterly Review, which was published by CD’s publisher, John Murray ([Cobbe] 1872a).
Cobbe’s article appeared in the December issue of the Cornhill Magazine ([Cobbe] 1872b).


Acknowledges presentation copy [of Expression], which is not to be found in the market.

Interested in CD’s opinion of her article ["The consciousness of dogs", Q. Rev. 133 (1872): 419–51].

Hopes she may see CD at Queen Anne St [home of E. A. Darwin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Frances Power Cobbe
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Hereford Square, 26
Source of text
DAR 161: 188
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8649,” accessed on 23 March 2023,

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