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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Charles Voysey   7 April 1873

Camden House | Dulwich S.E

April 7. 1873

My dear Sir

I can hardly hold my pen for laughter over a lovely “Neo-Athanasian Creed” which my eldest daughter has just copied out for your amusement.1 I know not who wrote it, and only hope I may be the first to have the privilige of sending it to you.—

I take this opportunity also of asking your kind acceptance of my 6th. Vol: just published.2

By the side of the works of the Giants of Science, it looks small indeed; but if it be an effort to teach babes the A.B.C. & multiplication Table of Religious Verities, it will not be altogether despised by yourself.—

As I fear your health is none of the best, let me beg you not to take any notice of my letter, beyond a Post Card to say the book has reached you

I am Dear Sir | very sincerely yrs. | Charles Voysey


Voysey’s eldest daughter was Frances Annesley Voysey. In early 1873, debates over the use of the Athanasian Creed in the Anglican Church (Liddon 1897, pp. 254–60) led to parodies involving the sciences. The specific one sent to CD has not been identified.
The sixth volume of Voysey’s periodical The sling and the stone was published in April 1873 (Publishers’ Circular, 17 April 1873, p. 261).


Sends his 6th volume.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Voysey
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 180: 17
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8848,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21