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To Daniel Oliver   [22–3 September 1860]1

15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne

My dear Sir

This is my address.—   I will write soon— I am grateful for your last note.—

I am dying to hear about pure gum2

[Yours] | C. Darwin.

P.S.3 | Will you be so kind as to dry a little of your Gum used on Drosera & burn it; perhaps you would detect smell of animal matter if any gelatine or glue used or size4 used.—

Any corrosive Sublimate??5

Could you send me, when you write, one leaf (& name) of Australian Drosera, that I may see it out of idle curiosity.—6


Dated by CD’s reference to having arrived in Eastbourne. CD and the children left Down on 22 September (‘Journal’; Appendix II). The letter was written prior to receiving Oliver’s reply (see letter from Daniel Oliver, 25 September 1860).
The postscript is on a separate slip of paper. The contents indicate that it belongs to this letter.
Size: ‘an agglutinant consisting of undried glue’ (EB).
This sentence was added in pencil.
See letter to Daniel Oliver, 11 September [1860]. There is a note headed ‘Drosera spathulata Australia from Kew’ that is dated ‘Sept. 28th—/60/’ in DAR 54: 5.


EB: The Encyclopædia Britannica. A dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information. 11th edition. 29 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1910–11.


Sends address.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Daniel Oliver
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 261.10: 12 and part of 18 (EH 88205996, 88206002)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2924,” accessed on 21 April 2021,

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