To Richard Kippist 13 May [1863 or 1868]1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
If “Audubon’s Ornith. Biography” is in our Library, (5. vols.)2—will you be so kind as to have it ready for Carrier tomorrow Thursday morning.3 I forget whether it is permitted to have 5 vols.; but if not, could you venture to break the rule & mention it to the Secretary, as I much want all vols. as I shall have to refer to them many times during next fortnight.—4
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
If Carrier does not bring any vols. I shall understand you have it not.—5
Asks to borrow J. J. Audubon [Ornithological biography (1831–9)].