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From Thomas Burgess   21 April [1875]1


April 21

Dear Sir

I have received your Letter of the 15 Inst and the Book2   I thank you most kindly for the Handsome manner in which you have wrote to me, considering I am so much benath you in Position   I shall whilst I live Prize the Book and when Dead have Ordered it to given to one of my gransons who is named after me   “I think at times when I look at your Pothograth I can recolect your appearane in the forehead3 I can Also recerlect many of the sights in Terra del Fuego and some that you do not name but we were not Always in Company   you will see that this is another hand writing the other letters were wrote by A Freind who Doubted Some of my Assertions that I had been with you   this is my Own writing

I am Sir Your | Humble Servant | Thomas Burgess | Rainow | Macclesfield | Cheshire

Charles Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Thomas Burgess, 13 April 1875.
The letter from CD has not been found, but see the letter from Thomas Burgess, 13 April 1875. The book that CD sent has not been identified, although it is likely to have been Journal of researches.
Burgess served on HMS Beagle with CD; he requested a photograph in his letter of 26 March 1875.


Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Thanks for letter of 15th and book. Recollects many sights of Tierra del Fuego described by CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Burgess
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 160: 376
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9943,” accessed on 5 April 2020,

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