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From Henry Holland   [16 December 1871]1

My dear Charles,

Returning home, I find some Ptarmigan & two pairs of admirable Icelandic Stockings, just arrived from Iceland, presents from my friends there.2 I send you a Ptarmigan, which after due inspection, you will perhaps commit to Erasmus’s Cook,3 to be dressed for our Luncheon on Monday

Ever your’s affy | H Holland

Saturday aftn


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, [18 December 1871].
Holland visited Iceland in August 1871 (Holland 1872, p. 30). The ptarmigan native to Iceland is Lagopus mutus; in England it was also known as the white grouse.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s cook was Elizabeth Squire.


Sends CD a ptarmigan.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Holland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 166: 252
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7412,” accessed on 27 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19