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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   2 November [1877?]1

Nov 2

Dear Charles

I scarcely know if it is worth repeating but at the Club yesterday Mangles said “I got your Brothers autograph in a curious way today   I was looking into Sprenger’s (?) Mosses & there was his letter pasted into it. I observed to the Librarian that if ever Sprenger should happen to see it it might have an awkward look as if you despised the book   The Libr agreed & tore it out & I kept the auto:”2

Yours aff | EAD


The year is conjectured from an archivist’s note on the letter.
CD and his brother, Erasmus, were both members of the Athenaeum Club in London. There were several men at the club with the surname Mangles, but Erasmus probably refers to James Henry Mangles, who was a member of the committee (Waugh [1888]). The librarian of the Athenaeum in 1877 was Henry Richard Tedder. ‘Sprenger’s Mosses’ has not been identified.


Waugh, Francis Gledstanes. [1888.] Members of the Athenæum Club, 1824 to 1887. N.p.: privately printed.


A friend of EAD’s has removed a CD letter pasted into a book given by CD to a library, and kept it lest the author think CD did not like his book.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 105: B101
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11223,” accessed on 26 January 2022,