To W. J. Broderip [31 August 1842]
12 Upper Gower St
My dear Broderip
I have delayed answering your note, in hopes of getting your question answered by Bell, but he started on a tour, I find, before my note could have reached him, so when to expect an answer (if ever) I do not see.— I believe D’Orbigny has described my ‘diabolicus’,1 but I do not know under what name.—2 The colours sometimes vary a little, but my description of the colours of most is not at all exaggerated.— I have some faint recollection of thinking that I had done wrong in calling it a toad, & that it is a toad-like frog.—
We are on the point of moving all our goods & chattel to a house I have purchased3 (ie I wait only for a conveyancer’s opinion on one point to sign & seal) a house in the small village of Down near Farnborough in Kent—a quiet most rustic spot on the chalk.4 It is 16 miles from London Bridge & I hope to be in town pretty often.—
There are 18 acres with the house, which is tolerably good & I have got them very cheap.
Believe me dear Broderip, in haste | Yours very truly | C. Darwin
I meant to have called to have given you my temporary farewell—
Discusses toad [mentioned in Journal of researches, p. 115].
Describes house at Down.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- William John Broderip
- Sent from
- London, Upper Gower St, 12
- Source of text
- Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- Physical description