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From David Forbes   30 July 1870

11, York Place, | Portman Square, | London. W.

30 July 1870

Dear Mr Darwin

I leave this moment for Norway but write you these few lines at the request of Col Fox and some others of the council who wish me to ask if you could send a note if only a page to put in after the discussion of my paper as they say for the good of the journal—since the ethnological wants all the help it can from great names—1 You have now I suppose had the proofs of the entire paper as it is some days since I corrected the last proofsheets— the paper is over 100 pages and there are 7 plates, 3 of indians—but these are not finished yet by the lithographer   I hope you will do this—as you know that you are really the cause of the paper appearing at all—for I do not pretend to be sufficiently strong on Ethnological matters as to rush into print had you not backed me on— I send you a copy of the sermon I gave some Sundays ago on Volcanos & hope it may interest you2

The Secretary—Mr Rudler3 Royal School of Mines—Jermyn Street will do all you wish if you write during my absence in Norway, I shall be away until the 20 August—

Believe me my dear Sir | Yours very truly | David Forbes

I shall not be offended if you “pitch into” me well


Augustus Henry Lane Fox (later A. H. L. Fox Pitt-Rivers) was the honorary general secretary of the Ethnological Society of London. Forbes’s paper ‘On the Aymara Indians of Bolivia and Peru’ was published in the Journal of the Ethnological Society of London (Forbes 1870a). No addition by CD was made to follow the printed paper. CD’s annotated offprint of the paper is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. See also letter from David Forbes, 13 June 1870.
No copy has been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL, but the lecture on volcanoes was delivered by Forbes at St George’s Hall, Langham Place, on 19 June 1870 (Nature 2 (1870): 336–7). The text of the lecture appeared in the Geological Magazine (Forbes 1870b).
Frederick William Rudler was the assistant secretary of the Ethnological Society (WWW).


WWW: Who was who: a companion to Who’s who, containing the biographies of those who died during the period [1897–1995]. 9 vols. and cumulated index (1897–1990). London: Adam & Charles Black. 1920–96.


Would much like CD to contribute a note for insertion after his paper on Aymara Indians.

Letter details

Letter no.
David Forbes
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, York Place, 11
Source of text
DAR 164: 145
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7291,” accessed on 25 October 2021,

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