RECORD: Litchfield, H. E. c. 1877. [Recollections on Darwin's modesty]. CUL-DAR262.23.13 (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker 5.2006 and revised 10.2006. RN2

NOTE: Note on envelope which contains 23.4 to 23.13:
Sketches for a biography, in connection with the compilation of the Life and Letters
Donated by Mr. Bernard Darwin, died 1961

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[written in another hand, in pencil] Sketch intellectual character


On Meta Gaskell's repeating Sara Sedgwick's remarks to the effect (I think) that it made her happy only to be in the room with him, he said in a tone of almost pain or disgust - Bless the people, they are all mad. But in the evening he reconciled himself to it by the supposition that it was becos they s he kept himself so close that they made such a fuss.

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