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From William Bowman   31 January [1863]1

5 Clifford St

Jan 31

My dear Sir

I will with gt pleasure give you any inforn. you require, so far as my knowledge extends—and if you will give me a little interval—Say a week or two.—2

Yrs vy sincerely | W Bowman

When I have done so, you ought to come up & examine me vivâ voce, for the subject is large & branches out & wd need explanation— I could give you a bed at Hampstead for a night.3

Yrs vy truly | WB.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to William Bowman, 10 March [1863] (this volume, Supplement).
No letter from CD requesting information from Bowman has been found.
Bowman resided at 5 Clifford Street, London, and North End, Hampstead (Post Office London directory 1865). CD may have met with Bowman during his visit to London from 4 to 14 February 1863 (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II).


Will supply CD with information "as far as my knowledge extends".

Suggests CD visit him.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Bowman, 1st baronet
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Clifford St, 5
Source of text
Sir John Paget Bowman (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4988,” accessed on 23 March 2023,

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