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To George Warde Norman1   [1848]


Tuesday Even

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind note I am sorry to have troubled you, but I had imagined it was the usual form for any one cognizant of a person’s state of health, to take an oath to that effect before a magistrate. Mr Latter2 however to whom my servant went, on your kind suggestion says that such is not the case. Once however I thus escaped, Mr Snow of this village having sworn to my state of health before Dr Scott:3 I now conjecture that Dr Scott must, himself have been going to Maidstone. I have sent my servant to Maidstone; for I am really quite incapable of the fatigue of one trial, much more of three special cases to which I am summoned4

With many thanks for your wishes to assist me. Believe me | Yours sincerely | C Darwin G. Norman Esq


George Warde Norman resided at Bromley Common, near Down village, and was a close friend of CD.
Robert Booth Latter, clerk to the Maidstone county court, Kent, and of the firm of solicitors Robert Booth Latter and Robinson Latter of Bromley (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1845).
Probably Thomas Scott, chaplain to Bromley College. George Snow operated a carrier service between Down and London.
CD was probably excused from this jury duty. There is no record of a stay in Maidstone in his Account Book (Down House MS). Maidstone was the assizes town of Kent; it held separate quarter sessions and a court of pleas every second week.


Post Office directory of the six home counties: Post Office directory of the six home counties, viz., Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. London: W. Kelly & Co. 1845–78.


Seeks excuse from jury duty on grounds of ill health.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Warde Norman
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DAR 147: 189
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1143,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4