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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Herbert Spencer   7 July 1875

38, Queen’s Gardens, | Bayswater.

July. 7th. 1875

Dear Darwin,

I was surprised by your new volume—wondering how, with your state of health, you had managed to make such extensive inquiries and to prepare so elaborate a statement of results. Thank you very much for it.1 I would it had come years ago, while the Biology was in progress;2 so that I might have turned its varied information to more account than I fear I shall now be able to do

Sincerely yours | Herbert Spencer


Spencer’s name is on CD’s presentation list for Insectivorous plants (Appendix IV).
Principles of biology (Spencer 1864–7).


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Spencer, Herbert. 1864–7. The principles of biology. 2 vols. London: Williams & Norgate.


Thanks CD for his new volume [Insectivorous plants].

Letter details

Letter no.
Herbert Spencer
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 177: 234
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10049,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23