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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Thomas Rivers   8 October 1866

Bonks Hill, | Sawbridgeworth.

Oct 8/66

My dear Sir/

I have had some scores of purple fruited nut trees searched but not a nut can be found— the boys I suspect have been before us. I have however just heard that a neighbour near Saffron Walden has some   I have therefore written to him to send me a few, as soon as they arrive I will despatch them1

Pray never hesitate to write me for anything that I am likely to have to help you with yr. interesting enquiries   I only wish you were my neighbour   I so often see little matters which I should like to submit to you

I am My Dear Sir | Yrs. very truly | Thos. Rivers


No letter from CD requesting specimens of purple nuts has been found, but see the letter to Thomas Rivers, 13 October [1866] and n. 2.


Has searched scores of purple-fruited nut-trees, but not a nut is to be found. Has heard there are some nearby and will send them as soon as he receives them.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Rivers
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 176: 168
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5235,” accessed on 8 April 2020,

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