RECORD: Spencer, Herbert. 1882.04.24. Letter to George Howard and Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.8f. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. RN1

NOTE: Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.



38 Queen's Gardens Bayswater, W.

April 24/82

[Added by GHD:] (a misunderstanding GHD)

My dear Sir, I learnt from Mr. Galton on Saturday that some doubt was felt whether I should like to be invited to Mr. Darwin's funeral in Westminster Abbey on Wednesday. I had presumed that without expressing any wish to that effect, I should receive an invitation to attend, and finding that there was this hesitation I expressed to Mr. Galton my wish to show this mark of


respect, and he volunteered to communicate it to you thinking that delay in his communication may possibly cause inconvenience, I have thought it best to write to you directly on the matter.

I am

Sincerely yours Herbert Spencer

George (or Francis) Darwin Esqr.

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