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From Francis Trevelyan Buckland   29 September 1866

37. Albany St. | Regent’s Park. | N. W.

Sept 29 | 1866.

My Dear Mr Darwin

Will you allow me to call your attention to “Land & Water” a copy of which I now send you.1

The Field behaved so badly to me that I simply withdrew from them2—& I now conduct the portions of the paper to which my name is affixed—3

The work I assure you is perfect slavery.

Will you kindly patronize me, & make my columns the medium for obtaining any information you require. I have a large staff of zoologists working for me at home, & a large correspondence abroad.

Trusting that you are much better in health

Yours ever | Most obedient & obliged | Frank Buckland

C Darwin Esq


The first issue of Land and Water, which Buckland had started in association with friends, appeared on 27 January 1866 (Bompas 1885, p. 155). The copy sent to CD has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.
Buckland had been a contributor to the Field since 1856, but had severed his connection in 1865 (for more on Buckland’s falling-out with editors of the Field, see Burgess 1967, pp. 113–16). CD had sought information on various topics in letters to the Field in 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9).
Buckland was editor of Practical Natural History for Land and Water (Bompas 1885, p. 155).


Bompas, George C. 1885. Life of Frank Buckland. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Burgess, G. H. O. 1967. The curious world of Frank Buckland. London: John Baker.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Sends copy of Land and Water, a journal he now edits. Has quit the Field. Asks CD to patronise his columns with queries, as other zoologists do.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albany St, 37
Source of text
DAR 160: 360
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5223,” accessed on 17 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14