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To ?   [1874–5?]1

Dear Sir

Although I read with great interest & formed a high opinion of the value of one of your papers, I shd. consider it so unauthorised a piece of presumption on my part to express any opinion whatever on the merits of a candidate in chemistry, that I am sorry to say I cannot accede to your desire.

Pray excuse me & believe me Dear Sir | Yours—— | C. Darwin


The date is conjectured from the location in the archive of the original, between a run of drafts from 1875 and a run from 1874. The correspondent has not been identified.


Although he formed a high opinion of one of the correspondent’s papers, regrets that he could not presume to give an opinion of the merits of a candidate in chemistry.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 97: C40
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9217,” accessed on 4 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22