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From H. H. Vivian   10 May 1870

House of Commons Library

10 May. 1870

Dear Mr Darwin

I have spoken to Mr Bruce1 about the insertion of a Cousin’s Marriage column in the Census Paper:2 He was quite alive to the importance of the point involved & begged me to assure you that it was receiving their very careful consideration: beyond this I could not get him but it will not be overlooked & if it can be done without great extra labour or unless other returns should appear to have a higher claim I have hopes that your wishes may be granted.

I will not lose sight of it & will be at him again about it when I have a chance; I believe there will be a discussion on the question before long & if you can get any members to back it up, so much the better

Yours faithfully | H Hussey Vivian


Henry Austin Bruce was home secretary from 1868 until 1873 (ODNB).
See letter to [H. H. Vivian?], [April or May 1870?] and nn. 3 and 4.


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.


About the insertion of a column on marriage of cousins in the census form.

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Letter no.
Henry Hussey Vivian
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 180: 8
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7182,” accessed on 13 April 2021,

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