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To George F. Kittredge1   24 August [1870]

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. [Bassett, Southampton]

August 24th

Dear Sir

I thank you for your obliging letter of Augt. 7th.2 Should I ever require any information with respect to the Paleontology or Nat. Hist. of your vicinity, I will not forget your kind offer of assistance.— My sons have no strong taste for the natural sciences, excepting one of them, & he is devoted solely to comparative anatomy.3

With my Thanks | I remain— Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


The recipient is identified by the envelope, which is addressed to ‘G. F. Kittredge Esq, 137. Clinton St., Buffalo, New York State, United States’.
No letter from Kittredge has been found. It may have referred to Kittredge’s work on the origin of species, which was privately published the following year (Kittredge 1871).
CD refers to his son Francis, who was studying for a natural sciences degree at Cambridge University (Alum. Cantab.).


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.

Kittredge, George F. 1871. The origin of species and the antiquity and origin of man: with notes and references. Buffalo: the author.


Thanks GFK for offer of information.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George F. Kittredge
Sent from
Bassett Down letterhead
AU 24 70
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7309,” accessed on 17 May 2021,

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