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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. H. Stanley   17 April 1875

F. O.

April 17. 1875.

Dear Mr Darwin,

I am honoured by your selection of me as the medium of your communication with the Government—and I have sent on your letter to the Home Secretary, in whose department the matter lies.1

Very faithfully yours | Derby

C. Darwin. Esq.


See letter to E. H. Stanley, 15 April 1875. The home secretary was Richard Assheton Cross; Stanley (Lord Derby) was the foreign secretary, and wrote from the Foreign Office. CD’s letter concerned a proposed bill to regulate vivisection.


He is honoured by CD’s selection of him as the medium of communication with Government. The matter [Vivisection Bill] now lies with the Home Secretary.

Letter details

Letter no.
Edward Henry Stanley, 15th earl of Derby
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Foreign Office
Source of text
DAR 162: 162
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9938,” accessed on 8 December 2021,

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