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To Nicholas Trübner   23 June [1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 23d

Dear Sir

I have received a letter from Dr. Asa Gray this morning, who says “pray ask Mr. Trübner to send at once 12 a dozen copies of the (Darwin’s) Orchis Book.” (Murray).—2

Will you be so good as to attend to this—

Yours faithfully | C. Darwin


The year is established by reference to the publication of Orchids. See also letter to Asa Gray, 1 July [1862].
The letter from Gray has not been found. Trübner, a publisher and bookseller, frequently acted as Gray’s London agent (see Correspondence vols. 8 and 9). In addition to reviewing Orchids for the American Journal of Science and Arts (A. Gray 1862a), Gray was attempting to find an American publisher for the book, which had been published in Britain by John Murray (see letter from Asa Gray, 18 May 1862 and n. 3).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.


"I have received a letter from Dr. Asa Gray this morning who says ""pray ask Mr. Trubner to send at once 1/2 dozen copies of the Orchid book"". Will you be so good as to attend to it."

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johann Nicolaus (Nicholas) Trübner
Sent from
Source of text
Daniel Plunkett (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3620A,” accessed on 28 March 2023,

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