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Letter 2217

Darwin, C. R. to Agassiz, J. L. R.

21 Feb [1858]

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    Thanks LA for presentation copy of Contributions [to the natural history of the United States of America, vol. 1, pt 1: Essay on classification, and vol. 1, pt 2: North American Testudinata (1857)]. Flattered; CD sees there is much of highest interest to him.


Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 21st

My dear Sir

On going to London last week I found there lying for me the two first Parts of your great work, the Contributions &c &c.— I thank you most truly for this magnificent present; & feel much flattered & gratified by this mark of your esteem.— I have eagerly turned over the pages & plainly see that there will be much of the highest interest to me.—

With my cordial thanks for your kindness | I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 2217.f1
    The year is given by the reference to a trip to London. CD was in London from 16 to 20 February 1858 (letter to W. E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858]).
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    f2 2217.f2
    The first volume of Agassiz 1857–62. CD's annotated copy of the volume is in the Darwin Library–CUL. For CD's comments on it, see letter to Asa Gray, 4 April [1858].
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