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From G. C. Oxenden   4 August [1862?]1

Crowhurst Park | Battle— Sussex

Augt. 4.—

Dear Sir

At this place,2 I find many of this charming Epipactis—very erect & showy—& the leaves beautiful3

Sincerely | G. C. Oxenden—


The year is conjectured from Oxenden’s reference to Epipactis (see n. 3, below).
Crowhurst Park, Sussex, was the estate of Thomas Papillon, the husband of Oxenden’s sister, Frances Margaret Papillon (Burke’s landed gentry 1862).
In letters written earlier in the summer of 1862, Oxenden discussed various species of Epipactis, and promised to send CD specimens later in the season (see letters from G. C. Oxenden, 15 May 1862, 4 June [1862], and [before 21 June 1862]); Oxenden sent specimens of E. palustris with his letter of 8 July 1862. See also letter from G. C. Oxenden, 17 September [1862].


Burke’s landed gentry: A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank but unvisited with heritable honours. Burke’s genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry. By John Burke et al. 1st–18th edition. London: Henry Colburn [and others]. 1833–1969.


Finds many beautiful Epipactis specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Chichester Oxenden
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Crowhurst Park, Battle
Source of text
DAR 173: 57
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3680,” accessed on 14 July 2024,

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