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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Woolner   10 March [1870]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. [6 Queen Anne Street]

March 10th

My dear Mr Woolner

Very many thanks for the drawing: it does excellently.—2 The “Woolnerian tip” is worth anything to me.—3

Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and a note in DAR 80: B113 dated ‘March 7 (70)’: ‘W. has seen the tips in women & men. When he was making his figure of Puck he went to Z garden and made drawings of ears of monkeys & shortly afterwards he saw a man with tip & instantly recognized their signification’.
Woolner’s drawing of a human ear showing the unusual feature of a pointed tip (‘Woolner’s tip’) on the outer ear projecting from the inwardly folded margin is in DAR 80: B120.
CD reproduced the drawing and discussed the feature in Descent 1: 22–3.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks for drawing. ‘The "Woolnerian tip" is worth anything to me.’

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Woolner
Sent from
Source of text
Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. lett. d. 292, fol. 77)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6650,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18