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Letter 1195

Darwin, C. R. to Boott, Francis

20 Aug 1848


CD will write to A. A. Gould for aid. Thanks for sympathy and assistance about chloroform.


Athenæum Club

Saturday | Augt 20. 1848.

My Dear Dr. Boott.

Since I saw you, I have been persuaded at the Brit. Museum to writedirect to Dr. Gould at Boston, for I hear he is a very kind man & likes to assist everyone.f1 Dr. Gould has attended to Cirripedia morethan any one else & if he grants my request, I consider it superfluousto trouble anyone else.f2 Should this channel fail, I will not fail toremember your most kind offer.

With my true thanks for all your sympathy & assistance about Chloriformf3 — | pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwinf4



See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Augustus Addison Gould, 3 September [1848]. CD wanted to borrow Gould’s collection of cirripedes; he was interested not only in North American specimens but also any others that Gould might have.
Gould had published a Report on the invertebrata of Massachusetts in 1841 (Gould 1841). In Living Cirripedia (1851), p. vii, CD acknowledged Gould’s loan of ‘some very interesting specimens’.
Chloroform may have been used by Emma Darwin during the birth of Francis Darwin on 16 August 1848. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 May 1848, where CD mentioned that itwould be employed. In 1848, CD also mentioned the use of chloroform as a remedy for toothache (ibid., letter to John Innes [1848?]).
The first page of the letter (to ‘& likes’) was illustrated on thedealer’s website, and the remainder of thetext was quoted. The section of the letter ‘thanks … Darwin’ was in facsimilein the catalogue of James Hamilton dated 29 June 1972.
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