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To J. J. Weir   14 February [1876]1

Down, Beckenham, Kent.

Febr 14.

My dear Sir

I find by dearly-bought experience that such an exertion as going to Crystal Palace knocks me (up) for several days, and therefore I cannot accept your kind offer.2 What you tell me about the nesting of birds is new to me.3

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin.


The year has been added by the copyist.
Weir probably offered to accompany CD to the thirteenth annual exhibition of canaries and British and foreign cagebirds at the Crystal Palace; the exhibition took place from 18 to 23 February 1876 (The Times, 18 February 1876, p. 1).
Weir’s letter has not been found and the information on nesting has not been identified.


Declines invitation to accompany JJW to Crystal Palace.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Jenner Weir
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 148: 338
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10392,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24