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From G. C. Oxenden   8 July [1862]1

Dear Sir

This post brought me many letters—& when an hour afterwards I sought for your’s, that I might reply to it, it was missing, & I have not yet found it—2

Thus, I forget the address of Mr Wollaston, & cannot write to you there3

for this reason also, I have this day sent you a few spikes of “Epipactus palustris” addressed to Bromley as usual— I hope they will reach you ’ere entirely faded—

Lastly, I sent, in a separate parcel, a little Book which I have just published— which I trust may make you laugh4

Sincerely | G. C. Oxenden

Broome July 8—


The year is established by the reference to CD’s visiting George Buchanan Wollaston (see n. 3, below), and by the reference to Oxenden 1862 (see n. 4, below).
CD’s letter has not been found, but see the letter trom G. C. Oxenden, 8 July 1862.
George Buchanan Wollaston, a fern collector of Chislehurst, Kent, had invited CD to visit him in order to examine a specimen of the orchid Spiranthes gemmipara (see letter from Frederick Currey, 3 July 1862). No such visit is recorded in Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), and CD did not refer to this species in the second edition of Orchids.
Oxenden 1862. Railway Horace was a parody of Horace, the Roman satirist; the copy sent to CD has not been located in the Darwin Library.


Oxenden, George Chichester. 1862. Railway Horace. London.


Has misplaced CD’s forwarding address.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Chichester Oxenden
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Broome Canterbury
Source of text
DAR 173: 55
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3648,” accessed on 22 November 2019,

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