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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   7 July 1875

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 7 1875

My dear Professor Dyer

I am now in the midst of correcting the “Variation” & shall be extremely obliged for any corrections & notes;1 but I want to avoid making the book larger, by adding any thing which is not important.

I have long wished to become acquainted with Professor Lancaster, & I shall be very happy if you & he will come here on some Sunday towards the end of the month.2 There is a train which leaves Charing X at 2.30 & I hope you will sleep here & we will send you to the station the next morning.

Will you be so good as to give me some days notice, as relations sometimes fill our house on a Sunday.

As I should be extremely sorry to appear ungracious to Prof. Lancaster, I hope that you will tell him that I am incapable of talking with friends for more than a short time

Pray believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD began work on Variation 2d ed. on 6 July 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
Thiselton-Dyer and Edwin Ray Lankester visited Down on Sunday 18 July 1875 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Variation 2d ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875.


Discusses corrections to Variation.

Extends invitation to E. Ray Lankester to visit Down.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10046,” accessed on 22 June 2021,

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