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Darwin Correspondence Project

To the Darwin Family1    3 October 1828

[The Mount, Shrewsbury] To the

Charitable & Humane The Case of a Distressed Sportsman— 1828. Oct 3—

Charles Darwin gent—humbly petitions all benevolently disposed persons to pay attention to his case—

Whereas he the aforesaid formerly gained a respectable livelihood by destroying hares, pheasants partridges & woodcocks, with the aid of a double barrelled gun, & the said gun becoming dangerous & liable to destroy the aforesaid Charles Darwins legs arms, body & brains & consequently unfit for use—he is reduced to lay his deplorable case before the charitable & humane being utterly unable to raise the sum requisite for the purchase of new Double barrd Gun— Value £20—

£. s. d. W Darwin 5= 0= 0 Miss Darwin 5 . 0– 0 Miss Susan Darwin 5 "  0 . 0 Miss Cath Darwin 5 "  0 "  0.


The ‘petition’ is in Caroline Darwin’s hand. The subscribers’ names are in their own hands.


[Caroline Darwin on behalf of CD] submits a petition to Darwin family for £20 to purchase a new double-barrelled gun, CD’s present one having become dangerous.

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Charles Robert Darwin
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 50,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1