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Darwin Correspondence Project

From M. C. Stanley   16 July 1873

Holwood | Beckenham

16 July/73

Dear Mr. Darwin

I send you a bottle containing some fish from Ld. Arthur Russell; he says you will understand all about it; & that he had promised to send the parcel.1 I had hoped to bring it myself, but I must postpone my visit till another day but will not delay to forward this precious bottle—2

Believe me | Yrs very sincerely | M C Derby3


The parcel has not been identified but its contents may have related to the discussion of carp in the letter from Arthur Russell, 19 May 1873.
The only reference in Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) to Stanley’s visiting Down was on 15 November 1871.
Stanley was Lady Derby.


Sends a bottle containing fish which Lord Arthur Russell had promised to send.

Letter details

Letter no.
Mary Catherine Stanley (countess of Derby)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Holiwood, Beckenham
Source of text
DAR 162: 166
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8980,” accessed on 22 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21