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From Charles Voysey   18 October 1875

Camden House | Dulwich | S.E.

Oct. 18. 1875

My dear Sir

I have a chance which may never occur again. A wealthy friend of mine who is anxious to promote Theism & to carry it into the homes of England offers to bear the cost of starting a magazine bearing my name as conductor, & containing contributions of the first class.1 Each contributor to be responsible only for his own article.

I enclose the list of names of those whom we propose to ask to help us—2 And earnestly beg you, if you have health & time, to send us a contribution for the first number which is to appear in January next.

I am to be nearly sole contributor of the Religious article; and I intend to write in a moderate & conciliatory spirit so as to win confidence among people who call themselves Religious.3

Any fragment of yours will be most gratefully accepted. There is no time to be lost, as the “Copy” ought to be sent to the printer by the middle of November. Just think what your name will do for me. & remember it is an act of the highest charity.4

Ever most truly Yrs | Charles Voysey


Voysey’s friend has not been identified. The journal was called the Langham Magazine, after Langham Place in London, where Voysey had preached since 1869 (ODNB). The first issue was published in March 1876; it was discontinued after the fourth issue in May 1876.
The enclosed list has not been found.
Voysey had been expelled from the Church of England in 1871 for his theistic doctrines (ODNB).
In 1871, CD had subscribed to a charity fund to support Voysey after he had been deprived of his Church living (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter from F. A. Hanbury, 4 September 1871).


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

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.


Wants CD to contribute to a new magazine to promote theism.

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Charles Voysey
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 180: 18
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10204,” accessed on 2 April 2020,

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