RECORD: Bentham, George. 1882.04.25. Letter to Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.9c. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN2

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

"Bentham, George, 1800-84. Son of Sir Samuel B. Nephew of Jeremy B. Botanist. Biography: Jackson 1906, CD discussed evolution with before Origin. 1844 CD discussed flora of Sandwich Islands with. 1854 B presented his books and herbarium to Kew and worked there daily. 1858 Jul. 28 CD "I have ordered Bentham, for as Babington says it will be very curious to see a Flora written by a man who knows nothing of British plants!!!" CCD7:139. 1858 Jul. 30 "I have got Bentham and am charmed with it". These two quotations refer to Handbook of the British flora, 1858. 1859 Royal Medal Royal Society. 1859 B accepted evolution. 1862 FRS. 1862 B approved of Orchids in his Presidential address to Linnean Society. 1882 B was on "Personal Friends invited" list for CD's funeral. 1882 recollections of CD in DAR112.A5-A7, in Darwin Online." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)

Bentham, George. 1882.05.30. [Recollections of Darwin]. CUL-DAR112.A5-A7



25 Wilton Place SW

April 25/82

My dear Sir

I received last night a ticket of admission to Westminster Abbey for the sad ceremony of tomorrow and it is with the greatest regret that I feel unable to avail myself to it. No one has ever entertained a greater respect for Mr Darwin – no one has felt a greater admiration of his wonderful labours than myself – no one has more deeply deplored the great loss to science occurred by his


death or could be more anxious to contribute in my small way to do honour to his remains – but with the growing infirmities of my advanced age – just recovered from a tedious cold and cough of which I still feel the effect I fear thus I should be unable to stand out the ceremony and am most reluctantly obliged to forgo it: I trust therefore you will kindly excuse my troubling you with this note to express to you and your family how sincerely I join in the condolences you have received from all quarters at home and abroad

Your very sincerely

George Bentham

F. Darwin Esq

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