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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. W. Dawson   19 January 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan 19. 1872

My dear Sir

I am greatly indebted to your kindness for having sent me yr valuable memoir on the fossil plants of the Devonian & Upper-Silurian formations.1 When we remember our state of knowledge only a few years ago, it is wonderful that a monograph shd have been published on the plants of these ancient formations.

With much respect | I remain dear Sir | yours faithfully | & obliged | Charles Darwin


There is a lightly annotated copy of Dawson’s Fossil plants of the Devonian and Upper Silurian formations of Canada (Dawson 1871) in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 188).


Thanks recipient for memoir on fossil plants of the Devonian and Upper Silurian.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John William Dawson
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Source of text
McGill University Library Rare Books and Special Collections
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8166,” accessed on 24 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20