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To Oswald Heer   4 August [1872–4]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug. 4th

Dear Sir

I am much indebted to you for your great kindness in having sent me your two memoirs with their admirable engravings on the fossil Flora of Bear Isld & Spitzbergen.2 How much science owes to you!

with the most sincere respect, | Yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin


The year range is established by the printed stationery, with the address in the centre; CD used this type of notepaper from January 1872 until November 1874.
CD’s annotated copy of Heer 1870 (on the fossil flora of Bear Island) is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL; his copy of Heer 1869 (on the Miocene flora and fauna of Spitzbergen) is in the Darwin Library–CUL.


Thanks OH for two memoirs on the fossil flora of Bear Island and Spitzbergen [K. Svensk. Vetensk. Akad. Handl. 8 (1869) no. 7; 9 (1870) no. 5].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Oswald Heer
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Source of text
Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Nachlass Oswald Heer 213.2)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8454,” accessed on 24 April 2019,

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