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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Sven Nilsson   5 January 1869

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

Jan 5 1869

Dear & Honoured Sir

I thank you sincerely for your great kindness in having taken so much trouble to oblige me.

The information which you have sent is exactly what I wanted, & will be of the greatest value to me.1

I am very proud to be able to add your photograph to my collection of eminent naturalists.2

With my best thanks & the most sincere respect | I remain my dear Sir | yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin


In his letter of 31 December 1868 (Correspondence vol. 16), Nilsson had sent CD information on the age at which reindeer acquired antlers and on the possession of antlers by both sexes. In Descent 1: 288, CD cited Nilsson for the information.
Nilsson had enclosed his photograph with his letter of 31 December 1868, but it has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks SN for the trouble he has taken for him [on Lapland reindeer horns].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sven Nilsson
Sent from
Source of text
Lund University Library Special Collections (Sven Nilsson papers)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6544,” accessed on 27 February 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17