ALS, one page, 5 x 8, personal letterhead, February 14, 1877. Letter of thanks for good wishes on the occasion of his 68th birthday, in full: “I request that you will be so good as to return to the Members of your Anthropological Society my most sincere thanks for their congratulations on my birth-day, just received by telegram. I can assure you that I feel very deeply the honor thus conferred on me.” In fine condition, with usual mailing folds and a faint paperclip impression to upper left corner. Despite repeated bouts with illness as he neared the end of his life, Darwin continued his important work. In 1877, he published The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species. This was the fifth of his six books dedicated solely to the study of plants, and contributed to his pursuit of evidence that would support his theory of natural selection. A boldly penned, highly desirable letter from one of the most influential scientists of modern times.
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