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Letter 3769

Darwin, C. R. to Librarian, Royal Society of London

17 [Oct–Nov 1862?]

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    CD needs first volume of the second series [of Trans. R. Hortic. Soc. Lond.].

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Dear Sir

I have received Vol I of Hort. Transact. & am much obliged but it is not the right volume; I believe that I wrote Vol I second series. Have you not 2d series? Will you kindly pass this note on to Linn. Soc to see if they have the Second series; & if so ask them to send it by Delivery Coy on Wednesday morning to enclosed address. Will you kindly inform me whether either Soc. has this second series? for I must somehow get it— I am sorry to cause so much trouble—

In Haste | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin

Librarian Royal Soc | or | Linnean Socy.

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    f1 3769.f1
    The date range is conjectured from the reference to volume 1 of the second series of the Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London (see n. 2, below).
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    CD's earlier letter to White, who was the librarian of the Royal Society, has not been found. Between 7 October and 11 December 1862, CD wrote a draft section of Variation in which he discussed `Facts of variation of Plants', appearing in the published form as chapters 9 and 10 (Variation 1: 305--72; see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)). In his discussion he cited on several occasions Robert Thompson's papers on the varieties of apricot, gooseberry, and cherry, which were published in volume 1 of the second series of the Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London (Thompson 1831, 1832a, and 1832b).
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    The librarian of the Linnean Society of London was Richard Kippist.
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