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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Mr Russell1   12 July 1875

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

July 12. 75

Dear Sir

I have received Mr. Fitzgerald’s magnificent work all safe, & I will write to him when I have read it2

With many thanks | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The correspondent is identified as ‘Mr Russell’ in the letter to R. D. Fitzgerald, 16 July 1875.
The first part of Robert David Fitzgerald’s Australian orchids (Fitzgerald 1875–94) was published in July 1875 (Aust. dict. biog., s.v. Fitzgerald, Robert David). CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 229–30).


Aust. dict. biog.: Australian dictionary of biography. Edited by Douglas Pike et al. 14 vols. [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press. London and New York: Cambridge University Press. 1966–96.

Fitzgerald, Robert David. 1875–94. Australian orchids. 2 vols. Sydney: Thomas Richards.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Acknowledges with thanks "Mr Fitzgerald’s magnificent work" [R. D. Fitzgerald’s Australian orchids, part 1 (1875)]. [See 10069.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Mr Russell
Sent from
Source of text
James Lowe Autographs Ltd, New York, catalogue 42 (dealers) (no date)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10061A,” accessed on 21 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23