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From Charles Ottley Groom Napier   January 1870

20 Maryland Road | Paddington | W.

Janry 1870

To Ch. Darwin Esqre F.R.S.

My dear Sir

By desire of the late Lord Brougham1 I send you a copy of my new work The Book of Nature and the Book of Man, will you accept it in remembrance of his Lordship who had a very high opinion of the author of “Natural Selection” to which he was latterly a convert.2

I regret much the delay in forwarding the book which is only just published   I should have liked to have sent it in the lifetime of Lord Brougham. Let it now be an olive leaf snatched from his tomb

I remain yours most respectfully | C O Groom Napier


Henry Peter Brougham died in 1868. Groom Napier was later exposed as an imposter; it is doubtful whether he knew Brougham, or whether Brougham wrote the preface to Groom Napier 1870, as Groom Napier claimed.
There is no copy of Groom Napier 1870 in the Darwin Libraries at CUL or Down.


Groom Napier, Charles Ottley. 1870. The book of nature and the book of man, in which man is accepted as the type of creation–the microcosm,–the great pivot on which all lower forms of life turn. With a preface by the late Lord Brougham. London: John Camden Hotten.


COG-N sends, at the request of the late Lord Brougham, a copy of his work, The book of nature and the book of man [1870].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Ottley Groom Napier
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Maryland Rd, 20
Source of text
DAR 165: 228
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7068,” accessed on 5 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18