Requests priced samples of paper for mounting dried plants.
Down Bromley Kent
The paper did not arrive this morning by our weekly Carrier, but I presume was sent too late yesterday (Thursday) for him.—
I write now to ask whether you keep any white paper for mounting plants when dryed; if
so would you be so kind as to send one sheet of what you recommend per post
with price marked per
I quite forgot to speak about this, when I wrote for drying paper, & apologise for extra trouble thus caused.—
Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 13871.f1The month and year are established by the relationship between this letter, the letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862], and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [17 May 1862] (Correspondence vol. 10). In 1862, the only month after May in which the 4th fell on a Friday was July.
- f2 13871.f2George Snow, the Down village coal dealer, ran a carrier service to and from London every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862).
- f3 13871.f3Joseph Dalton Hooker had recommended Pamplin, a botanical bookseller, as a source for paper for drying plants (Correspondence vol. 10, letter from J. D. Hooker, [17 May 1862]). CD evidently ordered the paper, but the letter has not been found. CD's Classed account book (Down House MS) records a payment, under the heading `Science', of £2 9s. 6d. to Pamplin for botanical paper on 3 August 1862.