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To Williams and Norgate   16 January [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan 16th

Dear Sir

Please to send to 57 Queen Anne St Cavendish Sqre. — Sir Emerson Tennants work on Ceylon.—2 and Owen’s Classification & Distribution of Mammalia: Parker: 1859.—3

I have received your account for the Parcels which you so kindly sent for me & I will pay it, when I get the account for above books.—4

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


The recipient and the year are provided by an entry in CD’s Account book (see n. 4, below).
R. Owen 1859a, published by John William Parker and Son. The work is not in the Darwin Library.
CD recorded a payment of £3 11s. 4d. to the London booksellers Williams and Norgate on 29 January 1860 (CD’s Account book (Down House MS)). CD engaged this firm in November 1859 to send presentation copies of Origin abroad (see Correspondence vol. 7, letters to John Murray, 15 October [1859], and to J. D. Hooker, [23 October 1859]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Tennent, James Emerson. 1859. Ceylon, an account of the island, physical, historical, and topographical, with notices of its natural history, antiquities and productions. 3d edition. 2 vols. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts.


Orders J. E. Tennent’s work on Ceylon [Sir James Emerson, afterwards Tennent, Ceylon, an account of the island, physical, historical, and topographical (1859)], and Richard Owen’s Classification and distribution of Mammalia [1859].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Williams & Norgate
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2653,” accessed on 12 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8