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To the Linnean Society   [after 12] September 18721

I hereby authorize Mr. Jas. West, Messenger to the Linnean Society, to receive on my behalf such parts of the Transactions of that Society as may now be due to me.2

Charles Darwin

Septr. 1872

With my Thanks—


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to the Linnean Society, 12 September 1872.
In 1872, James West succeeded his deceased uncle Thomas West as the Linnean Society’s porter, messenger, collector, and housekeeper (Gage and Stearn 1988, p. 67). CD’s copies of the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London are in the Darwin Archive–CUL.


Note authorising James West to collect Transactions on CD’s behalf.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Linnean Society
Sent from
Source of text
Linnean Society of London (Darwin Misc. Letters 8)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8501,” accessed on 24 April 2019,

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