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From Frederick Smith   11 February 1863

Brit Museum

11 Feby. 1863.—

My Dear Sir

Up to this time the work referred to has not been found—1 Mr. Watts however wishes me to leave the matter in his hands until tomorrow Morng. when he hopes at least to be able to say where the work is to be got at2

Yours very Truly | Fredk Smith

Chas. Darwin Esre.


CD visited the British Museum while he was in London between 4 and 14 February (see letter from S. P. Woodward, 14 February 1863, letter to H. B. Dobell, 16 February [1863], and ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)). Smith, an entomologist, was assistant keeper of zoology in the department of natural history at the British Museum (Post Office London directory 1861).
Thomas Watts was assistant keeper at the British Museum’s department of printed books (Post Office London directory 1861). The work CD wished to consult has not been identified.


Has been unable to find a book [unspecified] wanted by CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Frederick Smith
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
British Museum
Source of text
DAR 177: 196
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3978,” accessed on 18 August 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11