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To J. N. Lockyer   21 May [1878]1

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

May 21st


My dear Sir

I hope that you will think the enclosed worth printing in “Nature”2   A wood-cut wd. add greatly to its interest.—3 If printed perhaps I had better see proof.— If not printed, may I beg you to return it as I shd. be extremely sorry to lose record of so curious a case.—

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from A. F. Gray, 8 May [1878].
CD enclosed the letter from A. F. Gray, 8 May [1878]; the letter, together with an introductory note from CD, was published in Nature, 30 May 1878, pp. 120–1 (see letter to Nature, [21? May 1878]).
A woodcut was made of Gray’s drawing and published in Nature, 30 May 1878, p. 121 (see letter from A. F. Gray, 8 May [1878]).


Hopes that the enclosure [11497] is worth printing in Nature [see Nature (30 May 1878)]. A wood-cut would add interest.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Norman (Norman) Lockyer
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Source of text
University of Exeter Library Special Collections (EUL MS 110)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11522A,” accessed on 16 October 2021,