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To Lovell Augustus Reeve   25 April [1863]1

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

April 25th

My dear Sir

I am extremely much obliged for your very kind present of your really beautiful work on the British Land mollusks.2 I am extremely glad to posses a copy & wish my knowledge rendered me more worthy of its possession.—

I shall take an early opportunity of carefully looking through it, for but lately I was wishing for information on two or three little points.—

With my best thanks | Pray believe me | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to L. A. Reeve 1863 (see n. 2, below).
L. A. Reeve 1863. There is a lightly annotated copy of this work in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 698).


Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Reeve, Lovell Augustus. 1863. The land and freshwater mollusks indigenous to, or naturalised in, the British Isles. London: Reeve & Co.


Thanks for LAR’s book [The land and freshwater mollusks indigenous to, or naturalised in, the British Isles (1863)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Lovell Augustus Reeve
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Source of text
Liverpool Central Library (HL AL)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4127,” accessed on 18 June 2021,

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