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To T. C. Eyton   25 August [1868]1

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

Aug. 25

Dear Eyton

I was very glad to see your hand-writing again, & I thank you sincerely for your intended present of your Osteology.2 How nobly & perseveringly you have stuck to your arduous task!

I had heard of your skeleton of Opisthocomus.—3 I am sorry to hear about your eyes. I shd. have very much liked to have been at Norwich; but my weak health rendered it impossible.4 Oh for those good old days when I hunted with your Harriers & fished at Eyton: those were happy times for me.5

With many thanks & all good wishes   Believe me Dear Eyton | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. C. Eyton, 23 August [1868].
In his letter of 23 August [1868], Eyton said he was sending CD a copy of the main part of his Osteologia avium (Eyton 1867–75).
See letter from T. C. Eyton, 23 August [1868] and nn. 4 and 5.
See letter from T. C. Eyton, 23 August [1868] and n. 1.
CD had hunted with Eyton in 1830 (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter to W. D. Fox, [8 October 1830]). Eyton’s home was Eyton Hall, in Wellington, Shropshire (ODNB).


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

Eyton, Thomas Campbell. 1867–75. Osteologia avium; or, a sketch of the osteology of birds. 1 vol. and 2 supplements. Wellington, Salop.: R. Hobson.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Thanks TCE for copy of his book [Osteologia avium (1867)].

Recalls visits to Eyton.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Campbell Eyton
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.353)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6331,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

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