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From Charles Voysey   17 November 1876

Camden House | Dulwich | S.E.

Nov: 17.1876

My dear Sir

You will do me a very great favour if you will read the enclosed proposed protest, & also give me yr. opinion, as to it as a whole, or of any part of it.1

Whatever you are kind enough to say shall be kept strictly private unless you wish the contrary.—

I am taking counsel only of yourself, & Messrs Tyndall & Huxley.2

I will forward a copy for your signature by & by.

I am | Dear Sir | Very sincerely yours | Charles Voysey


The exact subject of the protest has not been identified, but see the letter from T. H. Huxley, 19 November 1876. According to L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 470, ‘An extremely Broad Church divine was endeavouring to obtain the signatures of men of science to a document he had drawn up protesting against certain orthodox doctrines.’ Voysey was a clergyman who had been deprived of his living in 1871 for unorthodoxy (ODNB).
John Tyndall and Thomas Henry Huxley.


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.


Asks CD’s opinion of a proposed protest [unspecified] and asks whether he will sign it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Voysey
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 202: 126
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10677,” accessed on 5 April 2020,

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