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To Williams & Norgate   4 March [1861]1

Down Bromley Kent

March 4th

Dear Sir

I am not the less obliged to you for getting me Ferguson,2 that on my telling an acquaintance that I could not purchase a copy he sent me his own as a present.—3

It is not much of a loss, but if you could dispose of copy sent, for a lesser price, I would return it you.— But this is not likely, if I do not hear I will understand in a few days that I must keep it or rather give it away.

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter from W. A. Wooler, 4 February 1861, and the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 February [1861] (Correspondence vol. 9); also, according to his journal, CD was working on chapter 7 of Variation, ‘Fowls’ (1: 225–75), from mid-March 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II). Ferguson 1854 (see n. 2, below) is cited in Variation 1: 248 n.
Ferguson 1854 (Ferguson’s illustrated series of rare and prize poultry); there is an annotated copy in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 227–9).
The acquaintance may have been William Alexander Wooler; see letter from W. A. Wooler, 4 February 1861 (Correspondence vol. 9).


Ferguson, George. 1854. Ferguson’s illustrated series of rare and prize poultry, including comprehensive essays upon all classes of domestic fowl. London: n.p.


CD is obliged for the securing of [Ferguson’s illustrated book of domestic poultry]. Since he has already been given a copy, may he return this one?

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Williams & Norgate
Sent from
Source of text
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Autogr.: Darwin, Charles Robert, Bl. 1-2 )
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3082F,” accessed on 21 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)