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From F. E. Abbot   18 July 1872

Office of The Index, | Toledo, Ohio

July 18, 1872.

Mr. Darwin:

My dear sir,

I am honored and flattered by your thinking the Index worth subscribing to again, and for the $5.00 you are so very kind as to enclose in the letter just received from you,1 the paper shall be sent, not only the two years you mention, but as long as you shall be willing to accept it—which I hope will be many, many years. Without this last remittance from you, it was my intention to continue sending the paper indefinitely: for you have paid for it many times over by your kind permission to use your expression concerning the “Truths for the Times”. This has been worth a great deal to me; and I cannot tell you how delighted I was by your letter of January 8th, saying that you were pleased with the manner in which I had introduced your name.2 I can never without deep gratitude remember your generosity to me in this matter. Although I cannot certainly be of much importance to you in any way, I cannot help saying that your kind treatment has called forth sentiments towards yourself that I cannot venture to express. But there is one young man in America who not only admires, but loves, Mr. Darwin.

It is very pleasing to know you entertained Col. Higginson, and enjoyed him. I do not know any American who stands higher at home in the esteem of his countrymen.3 He is every inch a man.

Your flattering reference to my lecture on “The God of Science” is exceedingly gratifying.4 How earnestly we all long for “more light” on that great subject!

Most respectfully yours, | Francis E. Abbot.


See letter to F. E. Abbot, 8 January 1872 and n. 1. For Abbot’s reasons for wishing to include CD’s view of ‘Truths for the times’ (Abbot [1870]) in the Index, see Correspondence vol. 19, letter from F. E. Abbot, 1 November 1871.
See letter to F. E. Abbot, 2 July 1872 and n. 3. Thomas Wentworth Higginson was well known as an abolitionist, but his recent fame was based on his book Army life in a black regiment (Higginson 1870).


Abbot, Francis Ellingwood. [1870.] Truths for the times. Mount Pleasant, Ramsgate: Thomas Scott.

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

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. 1870. Army life in a black regiment. Boston: Fields, Osgood, and Co.


Thanks CD for five dollars and two-year subscription to Index, and for permission to quote CD’s compliments on Truths for the times.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Charles Robert Darwin
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Index , Toledo, Ohio
Source of text
DAR 159: 4
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8417,” accessed on 3 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20