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From Daniel Hanbury   1 December 1866

Plough Court, Lombard Street | E.C.

1 Dec. 1866.

Dear Sir

Some months ago you presented to the Linnean Society a communication (just now printed) from a certain Fritz Müller of Desterro in Brazil.1

Will you tell me whether this gentleman is still in that locality, and whether being so, I might address him for information on one or two pharmacological matters?2

I do not know in which province Desterro is situated.3 The gazetteer I have at hand does not mention it. Believe me to remain | Yours faithfully

Danl Hanbury.

C. Darwin Esq.


The reference is to Fritz Müller’s ‘Notes on some climbing plants near Desterro, in south Brazil’ (F. Müller 1865b; see also letter to Fritz Müller, 23 August [1866] and n. 8). The paper is also published in Correspondence vol. 13 as the letter from Fritz Müller, [12 and 31 August, and 10 October 1865].
Much of Hanbury’s research focused on the botanical origin of drugs (see Ince ed. 1876, p. 496).
Destêrro (now Florianópolis) was located on Santa Catarina Island in the province (now state) of Santa Catarina, Brazil (Columbia gazetteer of the world).


Columbia gazetteer of the world: The Columbia gazetteer of the world. Edited by Saul B. Cohen. 3 vols. New York: Columbia University Press. 1998.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Wishes to consult Fritz Müller on pharmacological matters.

Letter details

Letter no.
Daniel Hanbury
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Lombard St
Source of text
DAR 166: 93
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5291,” accessed on 3 August 2020,

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