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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   6 October [1858]

Down.—

Oct 6th

My dear William

I enclose £20.— Please acknowledge it by return of Post.—1

This evening all your goods will be sent off by Snow per Railway to care of Porter Christ. Coll.—2

You will have to give 5s or 76 to servants at Mr Wilson’s.—3

Mamma with Lizzie have just started for a lark of a night in London:4 I think Mamma has got much more larky since we run two horses. It is certainly wonderfully pleasanter & the new harness looks gay beyond anything. The man now does very well with the black & I will not part with her.—

Tomorrow morning Franky begins to go to Mr Reed’s, a great event for him.5

Your feat of so soon finishing my Journal is very grand.6 Uplifted coral-islet or atolls have been examined & do consist of circular ring of hills with a flat central plain.—7 With respect to Galapagos, I suppose all the productions came, many of them very long ago, from America; & hence their general American character; but that they have since been modified by my principle of Natural Selection.—

Thanks about Donkeys, look when you are in Cambridge & about striped Horses.—

How curious we shall be to hear all about you when settled at Cambridge. Phillipe Peters8 was here the other evening to take home a gang of children from a party, & he remarked that most men seemed to prefer rooms in College to Lodgings.—

Farewell | My very dear old man | Your affect Father | C. Darwin

I am just going to call on Mr Phillips, who has come to reside at Down Hall.—9 Mr Lloyd is going to let his House.10

Footnotes

CD recorded the £20 paid to William in his Account book (Down House MS) on 6 October 1858. The cover associated with the letter indicates that it was sent via registered post (DAR 92: 19).
George Snow ran the weekly carrier service between Down and London.
William was preparing to leave the home of his tutor, William Greive Wilson, for Christ’s College, Cambridge. The Michaelmas term began on 11 October 1858.
An entry in Emma Darwin’s diary on 6 October 1858 reads: ‘came to London with Lizzie’. Elizabeth Darwin had been unwell during September (see letter to W. E. Darwin, 22 [September 1858]).
Francis Darwin, aged 10, was being sent for tutoring to George Varenne Reed, rector of Hayes, Kent, near Down. Reed had previously tutored George Howard Darwin. See J. R. Moore 1977.
Journal of researches.
William had evidently asked CD about the structure of uplifted coral islets. CD had not discussed this point in his discussion of the formation of coral reefs (Journal of researches 2d ed., pp. 465–82).
Phillipe Peters has not been identified. Members of the Peters family are occasionally mentioned in letters from Emma Darwin to William. In February 1859, she wrote that ‘Mrs Peters’ mother is dead so I think they will go as they are very much in debt in the village.’ (DAR 210.6). They are not listed in the Post Office directory of the six home counties 1859.
William Walker Phillips lived at Down Hall farm (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1859).
Oliver W. Lloyd lived in Petley’s Cottage, Down (ibid.).

Summary

Sends £20. Family news.

Answers WED’s questions about CD’s Journal of researches: Galapagos "productions" all came from America, but "they have since been modified by my principle of Natural Selection".

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2334
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 92: A19–21
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2334,” accessed on 20 May 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2334

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7

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