RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1881. [Letter to E. W. Bok, 1881.] New-York Daily Tribune (9 November): 8.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 12.2019. RN1

NOTE: This 10 May 1881 letter to autograph collector Edward W. Bok, USA, was sold at Sothebys in 2011 for £9,303.

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Charles Darwin, in a curious, jerky hand writes a letter saying:

My collecting led me to science, and I hope that it may have the same effect on you, for there is no greater satisfaction than to add however little to the general stock of knowledge.

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