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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   23 March [1870–1]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

March 23d

Dear Sir

I feel greatly obliged by your offer, but I really have not the least claim on your kindness, & I would suggest that you wd. do better to present an additional copy to some one who attends more to Physics than I am able to do.—

I beg you, however, not to think that I am in the least less obliged by your offer, for declining it.

I remain, Dear Sir | Yours faithfully & obliged | Ch Darwin


The year span is established by the form of the address, with Bromley crossed out and Beckenham added by hand; CD used this form between April 1869 and May 1871. The correspondent and the work he sent have not been identified.


Declines offer of book on physics.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7147,” accessed on 30 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18