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Darwin Correspondence Project

From George E. Harris   3 March 1862

20, Glo’ster Street, | Queen Square, | Bloomsbury, W.C. Mar: 3/62. Sir,

Being but a poor working man with a wife and four children to support, and further, being one of those “thirsty souls” who would drink deep at the fountain of science—when accessible, I have taken the liberty to obtrude upon you and to ask of you the favor of a presentation copy of your great work on the “Origin of Species” the price (12/-) being far above my purchasing means. (power)1

As I am but a poor tailor, I am desirous not to ask the labor of others for nothing, and shall, in return, be but too glad to do work for the amt. “My soul thirsteth after Knowledge” is the apology I make for my obtrusion, and remain, Sir, | yours faithfully, | Geo: E. Harris.

C. Darwin, Esqr.


There is no known answer to this letter, nor any record that CD sent Harris a copy of Origin.


GEH, a tailor, wishes to trade some work for a presentation copy of the Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Edwin Harris
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Gloucester St, 20
Source of text
DAR 166.1: 107
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3466,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10