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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Evans   14 December 1868

Nash Mills, | Hemel Hempsted.

Decr. 14. 1868

My dear Sir

I believe that you are quite right as to the conical objects which I took to be fungi not being organic—1 I have not sent any to Mr Berkeley2 as I find on testing them by burning that they consist principally of lead— I was so deceived by their appearance, when our foreman brought them to me, that I sent them to you at once without due examination.3 I must therefore apologize for having needlessly troubled you and must take care to trust less to appearances in future

Believe me My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Evans

Charles Darwin Esqre F.R.S.


No earlier correspondence on these objects has been found.
Miles Joseph Berkeley.
The foreman has not been identified. Evans was a partner in the paper-making firm, John Dickinson & Co. (ODNB).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Apologises; CD is correct: the object his foreman found is not organic.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Evans
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Hemel Hempstead
Source of text
DAR 163: 36
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6503,” accessed on 30 September 2020,

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