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From W. S. Dallas   6 February 1868

Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York

6 February 1868.

My dear Sir

The Hon. Secretary of the Y.P.S. sent me the enclosed letter to forward to you as he did not know your address.— I hope you will honour us by accepting the position.—1

I am so much out of the world here that I have neither seen nor heard anything of your book, but I suppose it has been cast upon the waters long since.— I have heard nothing yet from Mr. Murray.—2

Believe me | Your’s always truly | W. S. Dallas.

C. Darwin Esq. F.R.S.


The enclosure has not been found. The Yorkshire Philosophical Society had elected CD an honorary member (see letter to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, 8 February [1868]). Dallas was curator of the society’s museum (Modern English biography).
Dallas had compiled the index for Variation, which was published by John Murray on 30 January 1868 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)). Dallas had been hoping to receive more money from Murray than had originally been agreed (see letter from W. S. Dallas, 15 January 1868).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Modern English biography: Modern English biography, containing many thousand concise memoirs of persons who have died since the year 1850. By Frederick Boase. 3 vols. and supplement (3 vols.). Truro, Cornwall: the author. 1892–1921.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Forwards a letter from Secretary of Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Hopes CD will honour them by accepting.

Has heard nothing of Variation.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Sweetland Dallas
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Yorks. Philos. Soc., York
Source of text
DAR 162: 11
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5847,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16