Returns volumes of the Ibis.
Requests T. C. Jerdon's Birds of India
and Thomas Bell's British reptiles
as well as vols. 5 & 6 of Ibis.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I will return on Thursday morning the 4 vols. of the Ibis; & will you be so good as to have ready for Carrier ``Jerdon's Birds of India'', & if this does not consist of four vols. please add Bells British Reptiles or if this not in Library vols. 5 & 6 of the Ibis—
Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Might you not send me 5 or 6 vols?
- f1 6169a.f1The year is conjectured from the relationship between this letter and the letter to Osbert Salvin, 1 June 1868, where CD said that he had already returned Ibis vol. 2.
- f2 6169a.f2Ibis was the journal of the British Ornithologists' Union. CD also refers to Jerdon 1862--4 and T. Bell 1849, both of which are cited in Descent. George Snow ran a carrier service between London and Down every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1866, 1870).
- f3 6169a.f3Borrowers from the library of the Linnean Society were officially limited to two volumes at a time; in 1866, CD had requested a more generous allowance (see Correspondence vol. 14, letters to George Bentham, [July--September 1866], 27 September , and 1 October 1866 and n. 1, and letter from George Bentham, 25 September 1866).