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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Lyell   25 April [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 25th

My dear Lyell

I do not know how to express my feelings at the dreadful news just received.2 To think how perfect & charming she was & has now left you. My dear old friend you are now suffering from by far the greatest calamity which a man can endure in this world   God grant that you may have strength to bear your misery in some degree.—

I shd. not have thought of writing to you at present, did I not think myself compelled to acknowledge the safe receipt of your generous additional contribution.3

God give you strength.— | My dear friend | Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to the death of Mary Elizabeth Lyell.
Lyell had sent an additional £50 contribution to the subscription fund for Thomas Henry Huxley (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 25 April 1873 and n. 4).


Offers condolences on the death of CL’s wife.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Sent from
Source of text
Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Lyell Collection)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8884,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

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