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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Richard Kippist?1   1 February [1860]2

Down Bromley Kent

Wednesday Feb: 1st

Dear Sir

The Carrier3 shall call tomorrow (Thursday) morning & bring some Books & I shd be much obliged if you would give him (if you have) the 1st . &—likewise the 10th . Editions of the Vestiges of Creation4    Also the 2d Edit of Baden Powell’s Unity of Worlds.5

No other Editions will be of any service.—6

Yours faithfully | C. Darwin


CD had an arrangement with the Linnean Society of London enabling him to borrow books from the society’s library (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter from J. D. Hooker, [before 7 March 1855]). Kippist was the librarian of the society.
The year is given by the preparation of the historical preface for Origin (see n. 6, below).
George Snow operated a parcels carrier service between London and Down.
[Chambers] 1844 and 1853. CD owned a copy of the sixth edition of this work (1847). It is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
The second edition of Baden Powell’s Essays on the spirit of the inductive philosophy (Powell 1856) was much enlarged. See CD’s two letters to Baden Powell, 18 January [1860].
CD cited these works in the historical sketch added to the revised and augmented American edition of Origin and included in all subsequent editions.


[Chambers, Robert.] 1844. Vestiges of the natural history of creation. London: John Churchill.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 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.

Powell, Baden. 1856. Essays on the spirit of inductive philosophy, unity of worlds, and the philosophy of creation. 2d ed. London.


CD is sending some books by carrier. Requests that he be given the 1st and also the 10th editions of Vestiges of creation [1844, 1853], and also the 2d edition of Baden Powell’s Unity of worlds [1856]. "No other editions will be of any service." [See Origin (1861), "Historical sketch".]

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Kippist
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Source of text
Gallery of History (1997)
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1p (facsimile)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2678,” accessed on 20 February 2020,

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