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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [after 5 November 1871]1

My dear W.

You will save me an enormous loss of time.— “Copy” means M.S. & corrected Proofs.—2 For future please always send “copy” with your corrected proofs; for I will just glance at much altered parts, & then I do not remember until glancing at the old proofs.—

C. D.

Please to return Hen’s most interesting acct & the Address—3


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. E. Litchfield, [5 November 1871] (see n. 3, below).
William was reading the proof-sheets of the sixth edition of Origin (see letter to W. E. Darwin, 31 [October 1871]).
Henrietta Emma Litchfield had sent CD an address by George Tansley honouring her husband, Richard Buckley Litchfield (see letter from H. E. Litchfield, [5 November 1871).


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Writes about proof-correcting by WED [of Origin, 6th ed.].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.6: 135
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8041,” accessed on 27 October 2021,

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