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To John Washington   14 October [1839]

12 Upper Gower St.

Oct. 14th.

Dear Washington

I return you the proof sheets, & have no observations to make on the geology, contained therein.— When I come to describe the Cordillera of Chile, this paper will be of considerable use to me.1 Very many thanks for the Bib. des Voyages;2 you have an excellent memory for your friends.—

If you can assist me to the Annales Maritims (1829 Part II, p 283) for Tromelins Voyage, you will have helped me in every point, which I wanted.3 Is it not a proper book for the Soc. to purchase?

With many thanks | Believe me | Yours very truly | Chas Darwin

I hope to pay you a visit in the course of a few days


Probably Gosselman 1839, but there is no reference to the article in South America.
Annales maritimes et coloniales … (Bajot 1816–47). In Coral reefs, p. 157, CD cites Captain [Legoarant de] Tromelin as his authority for the description of Sydney Island, between the Low (now Tuamotu) and Gilbert Archipelagos. The passage cited (p. 297) is not, however, in Tromelin’s account of his voyage around the world, Annales maritimes 1829, Part 2, vol. 1, pp. 283–93; p. 297 is in the article by Tromelin that follows it: ‘Remarques pour servir à la rectification de la géographie de quelques lieux de l’Océan Pacifique’, pp. 294–307.


Bajot, Louis Marie. 1816–47. Annales maritimes et coloniales, ou recueil de lois et ordonnances royales, réglemens et décisions ministérielles etc. (1834–47 by M. Bajot and M. Poirré.) Paris.

Gosselman, Carl August. 1839. Some notes on the route from Cordova to Mendoza in 1837. Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 9: 407–8.

Montémont, Albert Étienne de. 1833–6. Bibliothèque universelle des voyages effectués par mer ou par terre dans les diverses parties du monde, depuis les premières découvertes jusqu’à nos jours. 46 vols. Paris.


Returns proof-sheets of an article he has reviewed for the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. He will find it useful when he comes to describe the Cordilleras of Chile.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Washington; Royal Geographical Society
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Royal Geographical Society
Physical description
ALS 3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 536,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2