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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. M. Hughes   13 March [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 13th

My dear Sir

I shall be glad & proud to aid in any way to do honour to the memory of Prof. Sedgwick, whose chair, I have not the least doubt you will most worthily fill.2

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the allusion to Hughes’s election to the Woodwardian Professorship of geology, which took place in 1873 (ODNB).
Hughes’s predecessor as Woodwardian Professor of geology at the University of Cambridge, Adam Sedgwick, died in January 1873 (ODNB). No other correspondence between CD and Hughes has been found; CD had supported the candidature of William Boyd Dawkins (letter to W. B. Dawkins, 3 February 1873).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Is glad and proud to honour the memory of Adam Sedgwick [d. 1873].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas McKenny Hughes
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Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS.Add. 7652/III I.11)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8810,” accessed on 15 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21