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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Dawkins   18 October [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct. 18th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in having sent me your magnificent work on Cave-Hunting.2

I was yesterday reading with much interest your article on the Basques.3

With many thanks | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Dawkins 1874a (see n. 2, below).
CD refers to Dawkins’s book Cave hunting: researches on the evidences of caves respecting the early inhabitants of Europe (Dawkins 1874a). There is a lightly annotated copy in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 188).
Dawkins’s article ‘The northern range of the Basques’ appeared in the Fortnightly Review in September 1874 (Dawkins 1874b). It traced the geographical distribution of the Basque peoples from prehistoric times.


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 WBD for his book, Cave hunting (1874).

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Boyd Dawkins
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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9682,” accessed on 1 December 2021,

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