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From Hermann Kindt   24 November 1865

Bampton, Penrith

24. Nov. 1865.

Dear Sir,

I am obliged for your so kindly sending the three letters of Dr.  Darwin, two of which I have already returned to Miss Meteyard.1 I have kept the one relating to the French gentleman, which seemed to me the most interesting of the three.2 A long and interesting letter of Mr. Wedgwood (Josiah) appeared in the II. volume of our publication, and I beg, therefore, to thank you for your kind intention.3 I am glad you like the reproduction of your own handwriting and only regret the two misprints.4 I do not correct the proofs on account of the great distance, etc.5

With best wishes for your health, believe me to remain, | ever your’s faithfully | Hermann Kindt

Charles Darwin, M.A. Esq.


Kindt refers to CD’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin, and to Eliza Meteyard. See letter from Hermann Kindt, 13 November 1865 and n. 2, and letter from Eliza Meteyard, 16 November [1865].
The letter from Erasmus Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood I, 27 April 1766, was reproduced in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 4 (1866): no. 70. The letter described Darwin’s visit from a French nobleman who offered to sell the ‘secret of making the finest old China as cheep as [Wedgwood’s] pots’ for £12,000.
A facsimile reproduction of a letter from Josiah Wedgwood I appeared in the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite). 1 (1864), no. 88–89. The letter, dated 31 January 1790, gave Wedgwood’s view of the French Revolution.
The biographical sketch of CD appeared on pp. 82–3 of the Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) 3 (1865).
The Autographic Mirror (L’Autograph Cosmopolite) was published from offices in the Strand, London; in 1865, it was issued weekly.


Thanks for the three Erasmus Darwin letters. Two have been returned to Eliza Meteyard. HK has kept the one about the French gentleman for publication [Autographic Mirror 4 (1866) no. 70].

Letter details

Letter no.
Hermann Adolph Christian August (Hermann) Kindt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 18
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4941,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13