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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   2 August [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug 2d

My dear George

I have just read your article.2 It strikes me now as more interesting & able that when I read it in M.S. I feel sure that I shd. been much struck by it, if I had never heard of the author. It also seems to me unusually well written & arranged. Eras.3 remarked spontaneously that it was very well written, & interesting.— I wish you joy. It is a good omen for the future.

Your affectionate Father | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to George’s article (see n. 2, below).
The article, ‘On beneficial restrictions to liberty of marriage’ (G. H. Darwin 1873b), was published in Contemporary Review, August 1873.


Thinks highly of GHD’s article [probably "On beneficial restrictions to liberty of marriage", Contemp. Rev. 22 (1873): 412–26]. A good omen for the future.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 11
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8997,” accessed on 29 May 2023,

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