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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. L. Dodgson   14 December [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Dec. 14th

My dear Sir

I thank you most sincerely for the excellent photograph & your very kind note.2

I am now employed on another subject & do not think that I shall continue my observations on expression; but I will not forget your obliging offer, should occasion occur.—3

I am at present far from well,4 so pray excuse brevity & believe me | yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to C. L. Dodgson, 10 December 1872.
For details of the photograph, see the letter to C. L. Dodgson, 10 December 1872, n. 2. Dodgson’s note has not been found.
CD had begun work on insectivorous plants, and on Drosera in particular, on 23 August 1872 (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records that on 15 December 1872 CD was ill in bed.


His thanks for the excellent photograph. [See 8668.]

He is no longer working on expression but appreciates the obliging offer.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Sent from
Source of text
A Dodgson family member (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8680A,” accessed on 18 November 2018,

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