RECORD: Macauley, Thomas Babington. 1856. [Recollection of Darwin]. In Trevelyan, George Otto ed. 1876. The life and letters of Lord Macaulay, 2 vols. London: Longmans, Green, vol. 2, pp. 403-4.

REVISION HISTORY: Text prepared by Kees Rookmaaker 11.2010. RN1

NOTE: This recollection is reprinted in Thomas Glick, What about Darwin? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2010.

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Chevening, July 16, 1856. — After breakfast Lord Stanhope very kindly and sensibly left me to rummage his library. A fine old library it is, of, I should guess, fifteen thousand volumes: much resembling a college library both in appearance and in the character of the books. I was very agreeably entertained till two in the

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afternoon. Then we set off for Mountstuart Elphinstone's six miles off. I saw him probably for the last time; still himself, though very old and infirm. A great and accomplished man as any that I have known. In the evening Darwin, a geologist and traveler, came to dinner.

Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), English historian and politician.

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