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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Swale and Wilson1   [on or before 24 October 1849]2

Down

Dear Sir

Will you please to send to address on other page by next Wednesday night, diag —— Footprints of a Creator (by H. Miller)3

—— Humboldts letters of a Statesman translated recently4

—— Six cards of “Patent Parryian National Pen Nor 3.: Fine Points5 ramme

NB please attend that this kind be sent.

And a packet of 100 of Newspaper covers;6 I think patented by Delafield—viz a strip of paper with a tape let in.—

Yours faithfully | C. Darwin C. Darwin Ese care of G. Snow Nag’s Head Borough.

N.B. Carrier goes on Thursday morning

Footnotes

The conjectured recipients, Swale and Wilson of 21 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, were publishers, general stationers, and news-vendors (Post Office London directory 1849). CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) shows payments for newspapers and books to this bookseller.
Dated from the reference to Hugh Miller’s book (Miller 1849) and from the letter to M. E. Lyell, [24 October 1849], in which CD stated he had just ordered a copy of the work for himself.
Miller 1849. CD recorded having read it on 21 November 1849 (DAR 119; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV). His unannotated copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.
K. W. von Humboldt 1849. CD did not record reading this work until 20 April 1852, when he noted: ‘William Humboldts letters, partly read.’ (DAR 128; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV).
A sprung-steel nib that slipped onto a wooden shaft, patented in 1830 by James Perry, a bookseller and stationer in Red Lion Yard, London.
Wrappers used for forwarding newspapers and magazines through the post.

Summary

Orders books [Hugh Miller, Foot-prints of the Creator (1849)

and Carl Wilhelm von Humboldt, Thoughts and opinions of a statesman, Sir Arthur Helps, ed. (1849)].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1263
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Swale and Wilson
Sent from
Down
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1263,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1263

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