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To C. L. Denison   19 January [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan. 19th


I beg leave to thank you very sincerely for your kindness in having written to me.2

After sending my letter to you I was advised to apply to the Colonial Office, & I find that there has been no recent return of the population, but that a census is expected very soon, of which I shall receive a copy.3 I shall thus get the desired information.

I have the honour to remain | Your Ladyships | Obliged & obedient servant | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to C. L. Denison, 14 January 1874.
CD had been advised by Thomas Henry Farrer (see letter to T. H. Farrer, 18 January [1874] and n. 2). William Dealtry, a clerk at the Colonial Office, had told CD that recent census figures ought to have arrived (see letter from William Dealtry, 16 January 1874).


Finds from the Colonial Office that a census [of the Pitcairn Islands?] is expected soon, from which he will get the information he desires. [See 9241 and 9246.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Caroline Lucy Denison
Sent from
Source of text
John Wilson (dealer), catalogue 77 (1994)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9249F,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22