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To Louis Agassiz   21 February [1858]1

Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 21st.

My dear Sir

On going to London last week I found there lying for me the two first Parts of your great work, the Contributions &c &c.—2 I thank you most truly for this magnificent present; & feel much flattered & gratified by this mark of your esteem.— I have eagerly turned over the pages & plainly see that there will be much of the highest interest to me.—

With my cordial thanks for your kindness | I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin


The year is given by the reference to a trip to London. CD was in London from 16 to 20 February 1858 (letter to W. E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858]).
The first volume of Agassiz 1857–62. CD’s annotated copy of the volume is in the Darwin Library–CUL. For CD’s comments on it, see letter to Asa Gray, 4 April [1858].


Agassiz, Louis. 1857–62. Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America. 4 vols. Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Company. London: Trübner.


Thanks LA for presentation copy of Contributions [to the natural history of the United States of America, vol. 1, pt 1: Essay on classification, and vol. 1, pt 2: North American Testudinata (1857)]. Flattered; CD sees there is much of highest interest to him.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Sent from
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 279)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2217,” accessed on 22 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7