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To W. H. M. Christie   13 October [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington S.E.R.

Oct 13

Dear Sir

I am extremely obliged to you & to the Astronomer Royal for so kindly informing me of the safe arrival of the Merope at New Zealand.2

Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. H. M. Christie, 12 October 1874.
See letter from W. H. M. Christie, 12 October 1874 and n. 1. The astronomer royal was George Biddell Airy. Leonard Darwin was on the Merope as part of the transit of Venus expedition.


Thanks WHMC and the Astronomer Royal for informing him of the safe arrival of the Merope [Leonard Darwin’s ship] at New Zealand. [See 9677.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Henry Mahoney Christie
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Source of text
CUL-RGO 6/273 (section 3-4: 381)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9678A,” accessed on 25 January 2022,

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