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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. B. Dawkins   23 February 1871

28 Jermyn Street

23. Feb. 1871.

Dear Mr. Darwin,

I thank you very much for your kind present of the long expected work, which I am devouring as I can steal time from many occupations.1 I hope that you are none the worse for the great expenditure of energy in its production.

I am | Dear Mr. Darwin | Yours truly | W. Boyd Dawkins

Charles Darwin Esq.

P.S. I am delighted to realize that the artisans and mill-hands of Manchester and Oldham read and understand and believe in your books. They club together to buy them.2


Dawkins’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Descent (Appendix IV).
Dawkins lived in Manchester (letter from W. B. Dawkins, 8 February 1871).


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks for the present of CD’s long-expected book [Descent].

Letter details

Letter no.
William Boyd Dawkins
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Jermyn St, 28
Source of text
DAR 162: 126
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7509,” accessed on 17 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19