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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Lyon Playfair   [before 29 April 1875]1

Dear Sir

I have heard from P. H. that you would like to see the sketch of a bill,2 has been drawn up with the concurrence of some eminent physiologists, & which we think will wd serve to protect animals from needless suffering, & will not prevent the future progress of physiology.—

I have therefore enclosed a copy3 & beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin

L. Playfair


The date range is established by the date of the second printed draft of the vivisection bill (see n. 3, below) and by the relationship between this letter, the letter from Lyon Playfair, 29 April 1875, and the letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 30 April [1875].
P. H.: Professor Huxley. In his letter of 21 April 1875, Thomas Henry Huxley had informed CD that Playfair wanted to know what was being done about the vivisection bill.
CD probably sent the second draft of the vivisection bill, printed on 24 April 1875 (DAR 139.17: 32). CD said he was awaiting clean copies of the bill to send to Playfair and Edward Cardwell in his letter to R. B. Litchfield, [24 April 1875].


Sends a sketch of a bill on vivisection that he understands LP wishes to see.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 97: C18
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9909,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23