Charles Darwin (1809–1882), naturalist
Darwin's very rare handwritten note
Signed handwritten letter, [Down House] 31 May 1865, addressed to his financial adviser John Higgins
1 page octavo, center fold
The English naturalist settles his accounts:
“My dear Sir / I apologise for my delay in acknowledging & thanking you for your note, account, & the remittance to the Union Bank for sum of 255 - 2 - 10. Believe me, my dear Sir / Yours very faithfully / Ch[arles ] R[obert] Darwin”
“Dear Sir, I am sorry to have been late in replying to you to acknowledge receipt and thank you for your note, your accounts and the handing over to the Union Bank of the sum of 255 pounds 2 shillings 10 pence. Yours, my dear Sir, Ch. R. Darwin”.
On the back, the letter is annotated by (or for) Higgins, who has acted as Darwin's agent since 1845. He was responsible for managing the land owned by Darwin.
The signature, as is often the case in documents of this type, is made over a tax stamp, which was mandatory.
At this time, Darwin continued to complete and develop his major work The Origin of Species published ten years earlier, and of which he was preparing the fifth edition. He revised the text in order to be able to counter the criticisms that had been expressed against his theories. He also worked on his next book The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex, which he published in 1871.
Letter listed in the Darwin Project's Online Correspondence.
- 手稿, 歷史, 科學（綜合）
- 作家/ 插畫家
- Charles Darwin
- Very scarce Autograph letter Signed
- 8×5 in