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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Orton   19 June 1876

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

June 19 1876

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in having sent me the new edition of your work ‘The Andes &c.’ which I see is much enlarged. I have no doubt that it will interest me as much as did the first edition. I have re-read with pride the dedication which is so honourable to me.1

You shew wonderful spirit in going again to the Amazon & I sincerely hope that you may be in every way successful.

My dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


There is a very lightly annotated copy of Orton 1876 in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 645). Orton had dedicated the first edition to CD and sent him a copy (see Correspondence vol. 17, letter from James Orton, 4 January 1869 and n. 11, and Correspondence vol. 18, letter to James Orton, 24 February [1870]). CD’s annotated copy of the first edition is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 644).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.

Orton, James. 1876. The Andes and the Amazon, or, Across the continent of South America. 3d edition. New York: Harper & Brothers.


Obliged for the new edition of The Andes.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Orton
Sent from
Source of text
Raab Collection (dealer) (November 2014)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10539F,” accessed on 17 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24