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To the Admiralty   9 [May 1846]1

Down near Bromley | Kent

Saturday 9th.

My dear Sir

I should be very much obliged if you would kindly forward the accompanying letter to Sulivan in the Philomel,2 & should you be sending any package, also, the accompanying, paper,3 which relates to a subject, on which he has made some observations at the Falklands.—

I hope you will excuse me troubling you & believe me | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin.


9 May was the only Saturday the 9th in 1846.
H.M.S. Philomel, then returning to England, arrived 19 June 1846 (Log of Philomel, Public Record Office, ADM 53/1025).


Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

‘Geology of the Falkland Islands’: On the geology of the Falkland Islands. By Charles Darwin. [Read 25 March 1846.] Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 2 (1846): 267–74. [Collected papers 1: 203–12.]


Encloses letter and paper to be forwarded to B. J. Sulivan.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 694,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3