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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Newton   9 March [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 9th

My dear Prof. Newton

If you shd. be in London, will you be so kind as to give your vote at the Athenæum (& speak to any friends if you properly can) in favour of my nephew, Henry Parker.— He is a fellow of Oriel, & I can assure you that he is a fit man for election from his abilities & in every other respect. His ballot comes on at the first meeting, on the 16th of this month.2

Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Henry Parker’s election to the Athenaeum Club, which took place in 1874 (see Waugh [1888]).


Waugh, Francis Gledstanes. [1888.] Members of the Athenæum Club, 1824 to 1887. N.p.: privately printed.


Asks AN to vote for CD’s nephew, Henry Parker, at the Athenaeum.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Newton
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Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/60)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9344,” accessed on 7 May 2021,

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