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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Tyndall   2 [May] 18731

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap 2 1873

My dear Tyndall

I am very much obliged for all the trouble you have taken, & I hope you do not think that I have been over-cautious in asking for the copies to be returned.2

I think I told you that H. had asked for a list of the names, which I have sent in alphabetical order.3 And now our work is completed. I return the 2 enclosed letters, but you will see that I spitted one by mistake—4

My dear Tyndall | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The month is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Tyndall, 25 April 1873.
Copies of the letter from T. H. Huxley, 24 April 1873, had been sent to all those who had contributed to the subscription raised for him. See letter to T. H. Huxley, 25 April 1873, and letter to John Tyndall, 25 April 1873.
For the names of those who subscribed, see the letter to subscribers to T. H. Huxley’s gift, [25 April 1873] and n. 4.
The two enclosures have not been identified. According to Francis Darwin, CD placed letters not related to the subject of his current research on ‘spits’ (LL 1: v). Some of the letters in the Darwin Archive–CUL show the perforations made by CD’s spits (Calendar, p. 2).


Calendar: A calendar of the correspondence of Charles Darwin, 1821–1882. With supplement. 2d edition. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994.

LL: The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8.


Hopes JT does not think him over-cautious in requesting the return of the copies [of Huxley’s letter]. Has sent Huxley a list of the subscribers.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Tyndall
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Source of text
DAR 261.8: 19 (EH 88205957)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8894,” accessed on 21 October 2021,

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