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Darwin Correspondence Project

To [James Samuelson?]   19 January [1866?]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 19

Dear Sir

I shall have pleasure in signing the photograph as you request. Please make a mark whether you want the signature at the back or underneath the front. I shall be very much obliged for one copy of the journal, but pray do not send more as one will be quite sufficient.2

Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The correspondent and the year are conjectured from the content of the letter (see n. 2, below).
A lithograph made from a photograph of CD with an image of CD’s signature was published in the Quarterly Journal of Science, April 1866, facing an unsigned article, ‘Darwin and his teachings’ (Anon. 1866). CD later wrote to Samuelson, the co-editor of the journal, to comment on the article. His letter has not been found, but see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from James Samuelson, 8 April 1866. A presentation copy of the article is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.


CD is happy to sign photograph. He will only require one copy of the journal.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Samuelson
Sent from
Source of text
Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions (dealers) (25 September 2014)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4977F,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)