At the time of this letter Charles Darwin, who was a strong abolitionist, and remained adamant "that the destruction of slavery would be well worth a dozen years war", had to be pleased with the outcome of the American Civil War that ended just months earlier. At the same time he was still facing condemnation and constant attacks on his The Origin of Species by English ecclesiastical leaders and many other skeptics.
CHARLES DARWIN (1809-82) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Ch. R. Darwin", 1 pg., 4.5 x 7.25, on his personal "Down Bromley, Kent, S. C." letterhead, Nov 21, 1865, to his financial advisor, John Higgins. In full: "My dear Sir - I beg leave to acknowledge & thank you for the sum of 257 - 12.2. placed to my account at the Union Bank - I am dear Sir yours very faithfully...." With docketing on the reverse. He has intentionally signed boldly over a duty stamp at the conclusion of the letter. In fine condition, with usual mailing folds and light toning at edges.