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Letter 3552

Nevill, D. F. to Darwin, C. R.

[16? May 1862]

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    Thanks CD for his book [Orchids].


29 Upper Grosvenor St.


Oh my dear Sir

How can I thank you enough for your great kindness in sending me your book which I only received this day from Dangstein— What I value even more is the writing at the beginning which renders it doubly valuable in my eyes   Pray always remember what a real pleasure it is to me to hear from you and I shall be grateful—if I can ever at any time do anything for you

ever Ys most truly | Dorothy

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    f1 3552.f1
    The date is conjectured from the distribution date of the presentation copies of Orchids (see n. 2, below); the following Friday fell on 16 May 1862.
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    Orchids was published on 15 May 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 112). Nevill, who had supplied CD with orchid specimens from her estate, Dangstein, in Sussex, is included on CD's presentation list for Orchids (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV). The publisher, John Murray, appears to have sent the presentation copies by post on 13 May 1862 (see, for example, letter from Daniel Oliver, 14 May 1862).
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