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From E. A. Darwin   22 [March 1867]1


Dear Charles

Lady Bell2 having mentioned to me that Shaw had written a paper from Bells papers I asked her to get me a copy, & in consequence Mr Shaw has sent this little book   I dont know whether it will be any use or not3

Yours affec | ED


The month and year are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alexander Shaw to E. A. Darwin, 22 March 1867.
See letter from Alexander Shaw to E. A. Darwin, 22 March 1867 and n. 2. In November 1866 Erasmus had given CD a copy of Bell 1844 that included Shaw’s 1844 essay as an appendix (inscription in CD’s annotated copy of Bell 1844, Darwin Library–CUL; see Marginalia 1: 47–9). Neither Shaw 1844, nor any other separate publication of Shaw’s, has been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.


Bell, Charles. 1844. The anatomy and philosophy of expression as connected with the fine arts. Preface by George Bell, and an appendix on the nervous system by Alexander Shaw. 3d edition, enlarged. London: John Murray.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Shaw, Alexander. 1844. An account of Sir Charles Bell’s classification of the nervous system. London: Moyes and Barclay.


Is sending a copy of [John] Shaw’s book, which Lady Bell says is based on Charles Bell’s papers [possibly C. Bell, A treatise on diseases of the urethra, 3d ed. with notes by John Shaw (1822)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B56
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5342,” accessed on 2 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15