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To [Frederick Wollaston Hutton]1   8 December [1864]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 8th

Dear Sir

It would have given me sincere pleasure to have communicated to you any information on the Albatross, but I am sorry to say that I have no notes on the periods when they were abundant off Cape Horn.—1

With my regret. Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


No letter requesting this information from CD has been found. Hutton probably wrote to CD in connection with the paper Hutton was preparing on the birds of the South Pacific, which contains descriptions of several species of albatross (see Hutton 1865, pp. 278–84). CD’s publications contain only one reference to Diomedeidae, or birds of the albatross family (see Volcanic islands, p. 90). His ornithological notes, made on board the HMS Beagle between 1832 and 1836, also contain only one reference to the albatross (see Ornithological notes, p. 247).

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Darwin, C. R.
Hutton, F. W.
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Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Regrets he has no notes on periods when albatrosses were abundant off Cape Horn.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4710,” accessed on 14 February 2016,