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To Johann Nicolaus Trübner?1   14 October [1860]2

15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne

Oct. 14th

Dear Sir

A friend tells me that there is an Article, which I wish to have, in Sillimans N. American Journal of Science “in the September number which will appear in October”.—3 What this means I do not know.—   Will you see whether you can get the Sept. or Oct. number in London; & if so send it here, as I much want it immediately; if not, please send it, when procured to Down, Bromley, Kent, whither I shall return in 13 days.—4

Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


The recipient is inferred from CD’s wish to acquire a copy of [Gray] 1860c. Trübner’s London-based publishing firm specialised in American works and was used by Asa Gray to distribute his works in England (see letter to Charles Lyell, 26 [September 1860]).
The date is based on the reference to [Gray] 1860c.
[Gray] 1860c. Although Asa Gray had sent CD a copy (letter to Asa Gray, 26 September [1860]), CD had sent it on to Lyell to read and had not yet had it back; it may have been lost in the post on its return to Down (see letter to Charles Lyell, 5 [October 1860]).
The family’s return to Down was delayed until 10 November 1860 owing to Henrietta Emma Darwin’s illness (‘Journal’; Appendix II).


Orders a copy of September number of Silliman’s Journal. A friend has recommended an article in it [A. Gray and D. Treadwell, "Discussion between two readers of Darwin’s treatise on the origin of species", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 226–39].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johann Nicolaus (Nicholas) Trübner
Sent from
Source of text
Fitzwilliam Museum Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2948,” accessed on 31 March 2020,

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