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To Richard Kippist1   18 March [1862]2

March 18th

My dear Sir

I send by this Post, a paper for Linn. Socy. as has been requested of me.—3 You will already have, or will soon receive, some large Diagrams to hang up.— Please endeavour to hang the Section in some place, where I could point to it, & indicate the parts.—

Will you kindly inform me, three or four days before whatever time the paper is to be read, & I will endeavour to come up & read it myself.—4

Will you be so good as to attend to separate note about Refereeship.—5

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin short

Down Bromley Kent



The recipient is identified by the relationship to the letter to Richard Kippist, 18 March [1862]. Richard Kippist was librarian and clerk to the Linnean Society of London (Gage 1938).
The year is established by reference to CD’s paper, ‘Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum, read before the Linnean Society on 3 April 1862.
Joseph Dalton Hooker and George Bentham, respectively vice-president and president of the Linnean Society, had encouraged CD to contribute a paper on an orchid in the possession of the society that produced three types of flower (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 27 February 1862).
CD read his paper on Catasetum tridentatum before the Linnean Society on 3 April 1862 (see letter to Charles Lyell, 1 April [1862]); according to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), he travelled to London on 2 April and returned on 4 April.
See letter to Richard Kippist, 18 March [1862].


Gage, Andrew Thomas. 1938. A history of the Linnean Society of London. London: Linnean Society of London.

‘Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum’: On the three remarkable sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum, an orchid in the possession of the Linnean Society. By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 April 1862.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 151–7. [Collected papers 2: 63–70.]


Sends paper to be read ["Sexual forms of Catasetum", Collected papers 2: 63–70].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Kippist
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Linnean Society of London
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3476,” accessed on 28 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10