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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   28 November [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov. 28th

My dear Sir

You will remember my consulting you about some one to correct my M.S. & you recommending your cousin.2 When I got home, I thought of my second son,3 who is quite capable of undertaking the work & would like to do so, so that I shall have no occasion to ask for the assistance of your cousin.

Pray excuse the trouble & I remain | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The correspondent has not been identified. The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to G. H. Darwin, 24 November 1873.
CD was looking for someone to assist him with the second edition of Descent (see letter to A. R. Wallace, 17 November 1873, and letter to G. H. Darwin, 20 November 1873).
George Howard Darwin.


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


Will not require assistance of correspondent’s cousin in correcting his MS [2d ed. of Descent]. His son [George] will undertake it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9163,” accessed on 3 August 2021,

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