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To the chairman of Bromley District Highway Board from the parishioners of Down, Kent   3 April 1863

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Testimony by the parishioners of Down, Kent, to the moral character and integrity of George Snow, District Surveyor. Signed by nearly fifty local residents, including CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chairman of Highway Board
Date:  3 Apr 1863
Classmark:  Sotheby, London (24 July 1995)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4074F
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Descent

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‘Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull & undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.’ There are more than five hundred letters associated with…

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  • … ’.    Endnotes: * Descent 2: 403: ‘When the principles of breeding and of …