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Darwin Correspondence Project

To [Agnes Taylor?]1   22 October [1877]2

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Oct 22d

Mr Ch. Darwin has the pleasure to enclose a cheque of 5.5.0 as some aid to Mrs. Beke.3 Mr. Darwin does not wish to subscribe for Dr. Beke’s work on M. Sinai.—4


The correspondent is conjectured from the letters from Agnes Taylor written in March 1882, concerning help for Emily Beke.
The year is established by the date of CD’s cheque (see n. 3, below).
There is a payment for this amount to Emily Beke in CD’s Classed account books (Down House MS), dated 22 October 1877.
Charles Tilstone Beke had died in 1874 in Bromley, Kent; his work on determining the true position of Mount Sinai, the result of his last expedition to the Red Sea, was edited by Emily Beke (Beke 1878). Charles Beke’s wealth at the time of his death was less than £200 (ODNB).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


CD sends £5.5.0 with a formal note "as some aid to Mrs Beke", but does not wish to subscribe for Dr Beke’s work on Mt Sinai.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Agnes Taylor
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Source of text
Morton Pepper (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11198,” accessed on 26 September 2021,