Requests a number of books to be sent by the carrier on Thursday morning.
My dear Sir
I will send Carrier for Books tomorrow Thursday
Morning & he shall pay 6
If you have in Library Agricolas Latin Work on Agriculture (or any Translation) please send it.—
If you have not Agricola please send in lieu (for he quotes Agricola) `Aldrovandi de Quadrupedibus digitatis 1637.'—
Have you Castelnau voyage in S. America; I want to see the Historical part, not the pure Zoological part.
Lastly (God forgive me) if at present in, please send Brown-Sequard's Journal de Phys:
Vol. 2. but I know M
Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 3889a.f1The date is conjectured by reference to the works CD wished to consult (see nn. 4--6, below), which are cited in Variation 1, chapters 3 and 4. In his journal, CD wrote that he finished chapter 3 of Variation and began chapter 4 on 20 March 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II). In 1861, 27 February and 27 March were both Wednesdays. Chapter 3 of Variation (1: 65--102) is on pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats; chapter 4 (1: 103--30) is on rabbits.
- f2 3889a.f2George Snow ran a carrier service between London and Down every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862). Kippist was the librarian of the Linnean Society (DNB); CD often arranged to borrow the books that he needed to consult for his research.
- f3 3889a.f3CD may refer to G. A. Agricola 1721, A philosophical treatise of husbandry and gardening; being a new method of cultivating and increasing all sorts of trees, shrubs, and flowers. However, it was originally written in High-Dutch, not Latin. It is mentioned, and marked `read', in CD's list of books to be read in his reading notebooks (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, **119: 19v.), but it is not cited in Variation.
- f4 3889a.f4Aldrovandus 1637. This work was cited in Variation 1: 104. G. Agricola 1614, a study of burrowing animals, was cited in Aldrovandus 1637, pp. 384 and 388, not G. A. Agricola 1721 (see n. 3, above).
- f5 3889a.f5Castelnau 1850--7, Expédition dans les parties centrales de l'Amérique du sud … exécutée par ordre du gouvernement français pendant les années 1843 à 1847. Francis de la Porte Castelnau is cited for information on cattle in Variation 1: 88, but no bibliographic reference is given.
- f6 3889a.f6The Journal de la physiologie de l'homme et des animaux was edited by Charles Edouard Brown-Séquard. Volume 2 contained the third and fourth part of an article on hybridity in hares and rabbits by Pierre Paul Broca (Broca 1858--9); the fourth part was cited in Variation 1: 105.
- f7 3889a.f7Philip Lutley Sclater.