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To Robert Damon   15 October 1877

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

Oct 15. 1877

Dear Sir,

It would be a great satisfaction to me to give you any information on the subject about which you write,—but I cannot do so. It seems incredible that mere contact should be poisonous, supposing the surface not to be abraided,1

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Damon had mentioned accounts of fatalities caused by handling the sea snail Conus geographus, and asked CD whether he could corroborate these reports (see letter from Robert Damon, 12 October 1877).


Cannot give information requested. Seems incredible that mere contact should be poisonous.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11185,” accessed on 30 September 2023,