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From Cuthbert Collingwood   30 March 1868

14 Gloucester Place | Greenwich

March 30/68

Dear Sir

Engaged as you must be in the great work upon which you have entered, I fancy you will find little time for the perusal of the book which I have had the pleasure of sending you.1 Still as one who has endeavoured to a certain extent to follow in your footsteps, I felt I could not do less than send you my journal of Researches—begging you however to kindly remember that I had but 18 months experience of travel.2

I very much regret that owing to a mistake the book should arrive a week or so after date & beg you to be kind enough to excuse it—

I am dear Sir | very faithfully yours | Cuthbert Collingwood

Charles Darwin Esq F.R.S.


Collingwood refers to Rambles of a naturalist on the shores and waters of the China Sea (Collingwood 1868). CD’s lightly annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 169). For CD’s suggestions to Collingwood on areas of investigation, see Correspondence vol. 14, letter to Cuthbert Collingwood, 16 February [1866].
Collingwood alludes to CD’s Journal of researches.


Collingwood, Cuthbert. 1868. Rambles of a naturalist on the shores and waters of the China Sea: being observations in natural history during a voyage to China, Formosa, Borneo, Singapore, etc., made in Her Majesty’s vessels in 1866 and 1867. London: John Murray.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.


Sends CD his book [Naturalist on the China Sea (1868)].

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Cuthbert Collingwood
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 161: 214
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6073,” accessed on 15 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16