An enquiry about the availability, size, and cost of cork-lined boxes for entomological collections.
Down | Farnborough | Kent
I wrote a note to you about a week since, asking whether you supplied Entomological Store Boxes, (of shape of back-gammon Board) lined on both sides with good cork & papered.
I wish for one (or probably more) of large size, but I must know prices &
dimensions.— Please to answer this note. My former one was addressed to
Sir | Your obed | Charles Darwin
I have one Box 16 x 12
- f1 1343a.f1The recipient is identified on the basis of an entry in CD's Address book (Down House MS) recording the address of a Mr Downie, `Entom. Box Maker'. It has not been possible to identify Downie any further.
- f2 1343a.f2The year is inferred from an entry in CD's Account book (Down House MS), dated 20 August 1850, that reads: `Entomological Box for Willy. Downie'. William Erasmus Darwin, CD's eldest son, exhibited a `passion for collecting Lepidoptera' in 1850. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to W. D. Fox, 4 September .