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To Michael Foster   9 May [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 9th

My dear Dr. Foster

I am very much obliged for the paper, as I was anxious to hear how it was getting on.— I am rather disappointed at £480, I fear we shall not get up much more. I had hoped for 700 or 800. Well we have done our best. I suppose even 500 wd. be a material aid to Dr. Dohrn—2

Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin

A rich & hopeful Yankee has been sent to.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Anton Dohrn, 16 April and 9 August 1874.
CD refers to the printed appeal that was being circulated among subscribers to assist Anton Dohrn with the completion of the zoological station at Naples (see letter from Michael Foster, [before 9 May 1874] and n. 2).


CD is rather disappointed by the money raised for Dohrn. Had hoped for £700–800.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Michael Foster
Sent from
Source of text
Michael Silverman (dealer) (January 2001)
Physical description
ALS 1p & C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9452,” accessed on 15 July 2024,

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