ALS signed “Ch. R. Darwin, J. P.,” one page, 5 x 7.75, May 8, 1863. Letter to George Snow, in full: "After twenty years experience of your character in various Offices in the parish of Down, including that of Surveyor of the Roads, I have pleasure in giving my testimonial that you are extremely well qualified for the office of Surveyor for the Bromley District." Includes two original albumen photographs of Darwin's house in Down, both affixed to separate 7.5 x 6 mounts (photographs of Malling Abbey and The High Rocks in Kent are on the reverse). In very good condition, with overall creasing and intersecting folds. Accompanied by a photocopy of a portrait of the recipient and a photocopy of a letter mentioning "hundreds of letters poor Grandfather saved." Darwin had been sworn in as a justice of the peace in 1857, hence the uncommon addition of "J. P." to the signature here.
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