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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. W. Baxter   8 August [1871]1

Haredene | Albury | Guildford

Aug 8th

Dear Sir

Will you be so kind as to send me eight (8) grains of acetate of Strychnine, in paper by Post.—2 I have your Bottle labelled into which to put it— Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Mrs Darwin begs Mr Baxter will send the contents of a bottle of Citrate of Iron & Quinine at the same time, as she thinks it will come better in that way than in the bottle3


The year is established by the address; the Darwins rented Haredene from 28 July to 25 August 1871 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
CD used strychnine acetate in experiments on insectivorous plants; see letter to Michael Foster, 26 June [1871] and n. 4.
The postscript is in Emma Darwin’s hand. Citrate of iron and quinia was a preparation of soluble crystals commonly used as a tonic (Royle and Headland 1865, p. 492).


Asks WWB to send 8 grains of acetate of strychnine by post.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter
Sent from
Haredene, Albury Surrey
Source of text
Wellcome Library (MS. 7781/26)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7900,” accessed on 26 March 2019,

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