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Letter 13871

Darwin, C. R. to Pamplin, William

4 [July 1862?]

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    Requests priced samples of paper for mounting dried plants.


Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

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 12 ream or quire.—

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

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    The 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.
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    George 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).
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    Joseph 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.
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