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From Daniel Oliver   14 May 1862

Richmond, S.W.

14. May 1862

My dear Sir

I must not defer thanking you for your very kind present,—sent me by post from Mr. Murray’s—1 I received it this morning that I have only had time to look over it. It is a very extraordinary book!— Your late publications must surely give quite a new & most promising direction to our studies. I am just now, you know, busy with my Class that I have very little time to spare, but shall not fail to inform them of your general results.2

With many thanks | Yours very truly | Danl: Oliver


CD’s publisher John Murray offered Orchids for sale on 15 May 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 112). Oliver’s name appears on CD’s list of presentation copies (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV).
Daniel Oliver was professor of botany at University College London.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.


Thanks for Orchids.

Letter details

Letter no.
Daniel Oliver
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 173.1: 15
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3546,” accessed on 25 June 2022,

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