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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Lyell   16 May [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 16th

My dear Lyell

I have just received the 4th. Edit of your Antiquity of Man, & I thank you sincerely for this present. I shall be very glad to go over carefully all the many parts which you mention in your Preface, as having been modified or added to.— The book seems to me larger than it was, & it must have cost you an immense amount of labour & thought to bring up to the present standard so many subjects.2

I hope that your health keeps fairly well.

I remain my dear Friend | Your old & true disciple | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the date of publication of C. Lyell 1873 (see n. 2, below).
CD’s lightly annotated copy of the fourth edition of The geological evidences of the antiquity of man (C. Lyell 1873) is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 527). It was fifty-two pages longer than the third edition (C. Lyell 1863b).


Lyell, Charles. 1873. The geological evidences of the antiquity of man, with remarks on theories of the origin of species by variation. 4th edition, revised. London: John Murray.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Thanks CL for copy of Antiquity of man [4th ed. (1873)]; will read the modified or new parts.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.427)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8913,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

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