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DCP-LETT-1343A

To Mr Downie?1    14 July [1850]2

Down | Farnborough | Kent

July 14th

Sir

I wrote a note to you about a week since, asking whether you supplied Entomological Store Boxes, (of shape of back-gammon Board) lined on both sides with good cork & papered.

I wish for one (or probably more) of large size, but I must know prices & dimensions.— Please to answer this note. My former one was addressed to Mr Burch; but I see on Labels of articles purchased at your place, two names, so I may have addressed my former note wrongly.

Sir | Your obed | Charles Darwin

I have one Box 16 x 1214 & 4 inches deep; but I think rather larger would be better. The outside to be plain deal.— No lock & key.

Footnotes

1
The recipient is identified on the basis of an entry in CD’s Address book (Down House MS) recording the address of a Mr Downie, ‘Entom. Box Maker’. It has not been possible to identify Downie any further.
2
The year is inferred from an entry in CD’s Account book (Down House MS), dated 20 August 1850, that reads: ‘Entomological Box for Willy. Downie’. William Erasmus Darwin, CD’s eldest son, exhibited a ‘passion for collecting Lepidoptera’ in 1850. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to W. D. Fox, 4 September [1850].

Summary

An enquiry about the availability, size, and cost of cork-lined boxes for entomological collections.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1343A
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Downie, Mr
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Autos & Autos (dealers)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1343A,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1343A

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