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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Baxter1    2 October [1847?]2

Please send me 6 2 oz Bottles with corks.—3 These have been forgotten, as they were ordered a week or 10 days ago

C. Darwin

Down. Oct. 2d.


Baxter was a dispensing chemist in Bromley, Kent. He is listed in the Post Office directory of the six home counties (1845) as also running an Italian warehouse for fancy goods. His son William Walmisly Baxter seems to have taken over the business in the 1850s.
The year is inferred from an entry in CD’s Account book that may be the transaction discussed in the letter (see n. 3, below).
There is an entry under ‘Science’ in CD’s Classed account book (Down House MS) dated 7 December 1847 that reads: ‘Baxter bottles etc —13 6’. Only one other similar entry has been found, dated 12 February 1848, recording payment for bottles and pill boxes.


Reorders six 2–oz bottles with corks.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Baxter
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Source of text
Lehigh University Libraries
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13775,” accessed on 19 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7 (Supplement)