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To Francis Darwin   30 April [1875]1

Ap. 30th

My dear F.

I send today registered a chapter.2 It will be a fearful grind. There never was anything so dull (& the 2 next chapters will be as bad, afterwards better); but in small-type-part, style really does not signify, if intelligible, for no one except a lunatic will read it.— There is a bad error at p. 86 opposite where I have written “error”; a higher milligramm being given for a lower fraction: please recalculate; I suspect the 2 figures have been placed in reversed positions, if so correct thus3

[DIAG HERE] tr/.

Your worn out, disgusted & affectionate old Father | C.D.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Francis Darwin, 1 and 2 May [1875].
Francis was correcting the proof-sheets of Insectivorous plants (see letter from Francis Darwin, 1 and 2 May [1875]).
The correction has not been identified.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Sends a chapter [of Insectivorous plants]. Never was there anything so dull, but later chapters will be better. Please correct an error on p. 86.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
Source of text
DAR 271.4: 9
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9958B,” accessed on 17 May 2022,

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