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To Edward Frankland   9 March [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 9th

My dear Sir

If you ever attend the ballotting at the Athenæum will you be so kind as to give your vote, & exert any influence which you properly can, in favour of my nephew Henry Parker. He is a fellow of Oriel, & I can assure you that he is a fitting man for election from his abilities & in every other respect.

He will be ballotted for at the first meeting on the 16th of this month.2

Pray forgive me for troubling you, & believe me | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

To Professor Frankland


The year is established by the reference to Henry Parker’s election to the Athenaeum Club, which took place in March 1874 (see Waugh [1888]).


Waugh, Francis Gledstanes. [1888.] Members of the Athenæum Club, 1824 to 1887. N.p.: privately printed.


Requests EF’s vote and support in favour of Henry Parker for membership in the Athenaeum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Frankland
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Source of text
The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9347A,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

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