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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [2 April 1875]

Let Strickland know that Cartmell has proposed him in place of Buckle, so that I have seconded him in place of Th. Mayo, who is now dead or not a member of the Club.1

C. D

6. Queen Anne. St. (Friday)


Sefton West Strickland had been a contemporary of William Erasmus Darwin at Christ’s College, Cambridge (Alum. Cantab.). The club mentioned was the Athenaeum Club; CD and James Cartmell were members ([Waugh] 1888). Henry Thomas Buckle and Thomas Mayo had been members but had died in 1862 and 1871 respectively (ODNB). Membership of the Athenaeum was limited and waiting lists were long; if the original proposer or seconder died or left the club before a candidate could be balloted, the rules provided for a new proposer or seconder to be inserted into the Book of candidates at least one month before the ballot was held (Athenæum: rules and regulations, and list of members). Strickland was elected in 1876 ([Waugh] 1888).


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.

Athenæum: rules and regulations, and list of members. London: n.p. 1862.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


About elections to [an unspecified] club.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Ap 2 75
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 140
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9910,” accessed on 8 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23