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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Down School Board   16 November 1874

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

To the Chairman & Committee | of the Down School.


At the next election I beg permission to resign my seat on the school-board, as the state of my health prevents my attendance; & I am unwilling to take the place of a more useful man in this important duty1

Gentlemen | Your obedient servant | Ch. R. Darwin

Nov. 16th 1874.—


In December 1873, ill health had prevented CD from attending the board to argue in person for the use of the schoolroom as a winter reading room for the villagers of Down (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to Down School Board, 19 December 1873).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Must resign because of his health.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Down School Board
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Source of text
Bromley Historic Collections, Bromley Central Library (P/123/25/10/1)
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9720,” accessed on 25 January 2022,

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