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From Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin   5 January [1865]1

5 Jany

Dear Mr. Darwin

Your brother has been bored enough about the matter already—2 It is of no importance—and he does not appear to be over strong at present.

I have no objection other than this.

It seemed to me sufficient that you saw it.3

I wanted to be set right about the Sentence—which standing alone—read so sharp4

Yours very Sinly | H Falconer


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865.
See letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865 and nn. 1–3.
On the back of this letter, Erasmus wrote: ‘I thought you would like to see Falconers Eloge so I have sent it’. Erasmus evidently sent CD this letter, together with the letter from Hugh Falconer to William Sharpey, 25 October 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12).
See letter from Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin, 3 January 1865 and n. 2. Falconer refers to a sentence from the anniversary address of Edward Sabine, which was delivered at the Royal Society of London on 30 November 1864. Sabine’s address contained the controversial remark that Origin had not been among the grounds for awarding CD the Copley Medal. For a discussion of the controversy surrounding Sabine’s address, see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix IV.


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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


HF merely wanted to correct a false impression given by a sentence taken out of context.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hugh Falconer
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 164: 24
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4739,” accessed on 28 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13