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To J. D. Hooker   22 June [1876]1

My dear H.

I do not much like the enclosed. They sound to me like truckling to the parsons or to Westminster Abbey.2

Ever yours | C. Darwin

June 22d.


Beneath this stone are the remains of Sir Charles Lyell | Author of Principles of Geology3

Born 1797 | Died 1875.

The Search of Truth & love of Gods laws manifested in his works was the aim & occupation of his entire life—


In whatever direction we pursue our researches whether in time or space, we discover everywhere the clear proofs of a Creative Intelligence and of His foresight wisdom & powers.

Principles of Geology4

(too much & too little!)


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 June 1876.
The enclosures are Katherine Murray Lyell’s suggestions for inscriptions on Charles Lyell’s memorial in Westminster Abbey; Hooker had asked for CD’s views on them (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 June 1876, and letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 June [1876]).
This quotation from C. Lyell 1830–3, 3: 384, was repeated in later editions. The original version has ‘power’, not ‘powers’; ‘time’ and ‘space’ are not italicised.


Lyell, Charles. 1830–3. Principles of geology, being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface, by reference to causes now in operation. 3 vols. London: John Murray.


Returns Mrs Lyell’s versions of Lyell memorial inscription. Disapproves of religious tone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 95: 413–14
Physical description
1p encl

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10543,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

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