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To Bryceson Brothers & Co.   [after June 1868?]1


As I am informed that you have not received full payment for the organ, which was ordered by the Revd Mr Horsman for the church of this Parish,2 & as I am further informed that you very properly wish to sue him, I write to say that I have been told that his address is 1 Elm Court Temple G. But I suspect that this address is only for letters.3 Some months ago my servant saw him repeatedly in the neighbourhood of Cavendish Sqr, & I have just learned by an odd accident that the address where he lives or did recently live is 20 Harley St. Cavendish Sq,4 & there he could possibly be caught. I shd be glad if the information – of any service to you in recovering your just debt & in punishing the man.

Sir | Your obd servt | Ch. Darwin


The date is conjectured by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June [1868], and by the date of CD’s visit to his brother in March 1868 (see nn. 2 and 4, below).
In his letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June [1868], CD had proposed writing to Messrs Bryceson concerning payment for the new organ, after it had been suggested that the curate, Samuel James O’Hara Horsman had ‘pocketed the money & never paid for it’.
The return address on Horsman’s letter of 2 June [1868] was 1 Elm Court, Edward Keogh Esqre. Keogh is listed as a barrister at this address (Post Office London directory 1868).
CD had been in London from 3 March until 1 April 1868, staying for the first week at the house of his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, at 6 Queen Anne street, Cavendish Square (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)).


Reports the whereabouts of S. J. O’H. Horsman, who has failed to pay for an organ he ordered.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Bryceson Brothers & Co.
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 96: 68
Physical description
AdraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6526,” accessed on 21 May 2019,

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