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To G. G. Stokes   21 April [1876]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Ap. 21

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your letter of the. 14th.—2 I have now received Mr L. Tait’s paper & have the awful job of returning it & writing to him.3 It is a good lesson which will last for my life; but as I knew nothing about Nepenthes & did not feel sure that his paper was rubbish with much doubt I thought that I was not justified in refusing to send it to the Royal Soc, but it is now too clear that I shd. have been fully justified.

Pray believe me | yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from G. G. Stokes, 14 April 1876.
Lawson Tait’s paper on Nepenthes (the tropical pitcher-plant) was submitted by CD to the Royal Society of London in 1875. It was rejected for reading before the society; see letter from G. G. Stokes, 14 April 1876 and n. 1.


The Society’s rejection of R. L. Tait’s paper on Nepenthes is a lesson which will last CD for his life. It is clear that he should not have sent it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
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Source of text
DAR 92: A41–2
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10462,” accessed on 4 December 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24