Sep. 29 [no year].
Two lines written in Darwin's hand in the third person "With Mr. Darwin's Compliments." On Down, Beckenham, Kent stationery. Mounted to old card backing, upper left corner torn, two small spots, folding creases; matted and framed. Item #314983
Darwin lived at Down House from 1842 until his death in 1882. It was in the house and its ample gardens that he worked on his theory of natural selection. "He undertook his major works at home, fitting out his estate as a place for natural history researches of a gentlemanly kind. He had the house renovated and extended, the lawns landscaped, gardens dug, and the road outside his study window lowered to keep passers-by from peering inside. A grove of trees was planted where he laid out his thinking path, the 'Sandwalk', and he began (but abandoned) a country diary, following in the footsteps of the Revd Gilbert White. Over the winter of 1843–4, with the second volume of his Beagle geology, Volcanic Islands, going into print, Darwin transformed the pencil sketch of his species theory into a coherent essay..." (ODNB).
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