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To [William Baxter or W. W. Baxter?]   8 December [1842–81]1

a large pot of soft spermaceti ointment2

C. Darwin

Down. Decr 8th


The date range and the addressee are conjectured from CD’s residence in Down from September 1842 onwards (Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II), and by the existence of other letters mentioning spermaceti to William Baxter or his son William Walmisley Baxter, the chemists in Bromley that CD used whenever he was resident in Down (see n. 2, below, and Correspondence vol. 26, letter to W. W. Baxter, 6 January [1878]).
For the composition and use of spermaceti ointment, see this volume, Supplement, letter to [William Baxter or W. W. Baxter?], [1842–82?] and n. 2.


Orders large pot of spermaceti ointment.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter; William Baxter
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University of Otago, Special Collections (MS 49)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11271F,” accessed on 19 September 2023,