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To Richard Kippist   18 January [1865]1

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

Jan 18th.

My dear Sir

I send by the carrier tonight a long paper for the Society.2 Will you have the kindness to send me one line to say that it has been received. I will write tomorrow—the post is going.3

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


A description of this letter was published in Correspondence vol. 13. The year is established by the reference to the ‘long paper’ sent to the Linnean Society (see n. 2, below), and by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 January [1865] (Correspondence vol. 13).
The reference is to ‘Climbing plants’. In the letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 January [1865] (Correspondence vol. 13), CD commented on the great length of the manuscript of ‘Climbing plants’, which he was about to send to the Linnean Society for publication. Richard Kippist was librarian of the Linnean Society (ODNB).
Kippist’s reply and CD’s second letter have not been found.


‘Climbing plants’: On the movements and habits of climbing plants. By Charles Darwin. [Read 2 February 1865.] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 9 (1867): 1–118.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Asks that the long paper that he is sending for the Society be acknowledged when received.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Kippist
Sent from
Source of text
Alexander Autographs (dealer) (2008)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4747A,” accessed on 28 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 and 18 (Supplement)