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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Thomas Rivers   31 January 1868

Bonks Hill, | Sawbridgeworth.

Janry. 31/68

My Dear Sir/

I thank you very, very much for the honour you have done me in sending me a copy of yr. new book “Animals & Plants Under Domestication”1   the subject to me is most fascinating & I shall go through the volumes with that calm pleasure which the recollection of the observations made in early life gives to old age for although in full vigour of mind & body I cannot for a moment forget that I have passed my 70th. birth day   I also thank you for honouring my name by its frequent mention2

I am My Dear Sir | yrs. very truly | Thos. Rivers


The reference is to Variation. Rivers’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for the book (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV).
Rivers is cited in Variation, especially for information on fruit and ornamental trees.


Thanks CD for sending him Variation and for honouring his name by its frequent mention in the work.

Letter details

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Thomas Rivers
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 176: 172
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5821,” accessed on 19 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16