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To Richard Kippist   12 May [1868?]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 12

My dear Sir

I will return on Thursday morning the 4 vols. of the Ibis; & will you be so good as to have ready for Carrier “Jerdon’s Birds of India”, & if this does not consist of four vols. please add Bells British Reptiles or if this not in Library vols. 5 & 6 of the Ibis—2

Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Might you not send me 5 or 6 vols?3

Footnotes

The year is conjectured from the relationship between this letter and the letter to Osbert Salvin, 1 June 1868, where CD said that he had already returned Ibis vol. 2.
Ibis was the journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union. CD also refers to Jerdon 1862–4 and T. Bell 1849, both of which are cited in Descent. George Snow ran a carrier service between London and Down every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1866, 1870).
Borrowers from the library of the Linnean Society were officially limited to two volumes at a time; in 1866, CD had requested a more generous allowance (see Correspondence vol. 14, letters to George Bentham, [July–September 1866], 27 September [1866], and 1 October 1866 and n. 1, and letter from George Bentham, 25 September 1866).

Summary

Returns volumes of the Ibis.

Requests T. C. Jerdon’s Birds of India

and Thomas Bell’s British reptiles

as well as vols. 5 & 6 of Ibis.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6169A
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Richard Kippist
Sent from
Down
Source of text
The Linnean Society of London (Fellows Files No. 18)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6169A,” accessed on 17 September 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6169A.xml

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

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