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From George Rolleston   [after 22 February 1871]1

My dear Mr Darwin.

I seem to have written “at p. 54”   I should have written “p 54” simply.2 The Prehistoric Congress paged their reprints separately as most English Periodicals do, and you appear by your Post Card to have had only a “Separat-Abdruck” from Busk—3 The Russian Imperial Academy keep the pagination of the Series upon the page of each Separat Abdruck together with the page of each such separate republication. And we may learn from them as from other savages—

At p. 28 of your first Volume there is a note numbered 38. In this note you refer to p. 54 of Busk’s paper in the Prehistoric Congress Trans. for 1869.4 This volume I have before me as I write. It is paged in the Transaction Volume from 106 to 166. The passage you quote is in a note at p. 159. Counting the fly leaf as one, you see the 54th. page of the Separate Republication would correspond to p. 159 of the volume whence the Extract was made.

The whole alteration I suggested in the interests of persons not favoured with separate copies of Busk’s paper with the substitution of 159 for 54 in note 38. p. 28. Vol. i—

Please excuse the style of this note which I post myself en route for a Local Board Meeting in re Small Pox at 10.0. A.M—having received your two notes at 9.0. A.M—5

Yours very Truly | George Rolleston


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Rolleston, 22 February 1871.
CD’s postcard to Rolleston has not been found. Rolleston refers to George Busk and to Busk 1868. There is an annotated copy of Busk 1868 (separately paginated) in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. Separat-Abdruck: offprint (German).
The third session of the International Congress of Prehistoric Archaeology was held in 1868, although the Transactions were published in 1869.
Rolleston was a member of the Local Board in Oxford, and successfully advocated the isolation of smallpox victims in the epidemic of 1871 (ODNB).


Suggests alteration in Descent [1st ed. 7th thousand] in citing pagination of George Busk’s paper "The caves of Gibraltar" [Trans. Int. Congr. Prehist. Archaeol. 3 (1868): 106–67].

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George Rolleston
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 176: 210
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7521,” accessed on 24 February 2019,

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